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Bilger 1Paul BilgerRyan BinghamSUPHI-240July 15, 2018The Moral and Ethical Right to Physician Assisted SuicideThe subject of death is a touchy subject in our society despite being a part of our daily lives, whether or not it affects us directly. Over the past few decades the subject of physician assisted suicide (PAS) or euthanasia has become a hotly debated subject in the terms of legality, as well as the moral and ethical standards that it questions. Proponents of the subject believe that a person who is terminally ill and is of sound mind should be able to chose when and how they wish to die versus wasting away or dealing with unmanageable pain until they die. While the opponents believe that it is morally and ethically wrong to help any person to end their life underany circumstances, and that it goes against a physician’s role as a health care provider. It should be noted that even physicians, medical organizations, and religious groups are also split upon the morality of the subject. Currently, there are eight states in the US and four countries around the world that allow PAS. Despite the ongoing controversy as to the ethical and moral grounds of PAS, terminally ill patients should have the right to chose when and how they die as no one else can understand what the patient is going through except those that are terminally ill. It is for that reason Physician assisted suicide should be legalized, as it is morally acceptable for the terminally ill patients to choose to end their life in the way they see fit versus dying in what they believe to be undignified.
Bilger 2There are many arguments as to why PAS is morally unacceptable and goes against ethical reasoning. The easiest one to point out is the role of the physician in the suicide of the patient. Opponents argue that assisting in a patient’s suicide goes against every moral and ethical aspect of being a physician whose role is to be a healer. They believe that “the art of healing

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Term
Summer
Professor
Andrew Stern
Tags
Ethics, terminally ill patients

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