Problem Statement:The problem I am researching for my white paper is denying a terminally ill patient's right to die with dignity. Forcing terminally ill patients to live in pain is a problem for patients because they are forced to live in pain rather than dying in peace. It became a problem in the US when the supreme court declared physicians-assisted suicide illegal in 1997, but allowed for individual states to decide the legality of PAS. It became a problem because the inconsistency of the rulings leave patients in the states where it is illegal to live till they die from their sickness. Thereare currently methods and frameworks being placed to provide the most consistent practice of euthanasia, but the practice is still illegal federally in the US. The legality issues and ethics clashwith each other, but allowing a patient to choose whether to live or die with safety measures taken should be allowed. Living in agony without a choice to die is a burden for the patient, their family, and physicians.Source 24:Bever, Lindsey. “Elderly Couple Got 'Deepest Wish' - to Die Together - in Rare Euthanasia Case.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 17 Aug. 2017,t-wish-to-die-together-in-rare-euthanasia-case/?utm_term=.227e3f3a24fb.This news source covers the story of Nic and Trees Elderhorst, and their story of being euthanized. They were both diagnosed with terminal illnesses, and wished to die in peace together. The discussion of euthanasia directs the attention of those in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal. The story is presented as a cute love story with a testimony of the couple’s daughter stating that being euthanized together was a request made by the couple themselves. This draws a sense of sympathy, and condonement for neither the husband nor wife wanted to live without the other.#consult#public#solution#couple#cuteSource 10:Boisvert, Marcel. The Permanente Journal, The Permanente Journal, 2012, .Marcel Boisvert discusses the proper way to teach medical students on euthanasia. He states that the best way to teach students is to refer to countries/state(s) that have legalized euthanasia, and the see the reality of euthanizing patients. He claims that the medical field should not be of “paternalism”, but being at the patient’s service even in death. Boisvert exposes the current system in palliative care by stating that terminal sedation lasts longer than
should making it more difficult to deal with. He refutes the “slippery slope” claim by stating there is no evidence against euthanasia in places where its legalized. He admits that euthanasia has yet to have an objective definition to it, but properly educating students on the practicality of euthanasia will truly be humbled by the use for it. This article can be used to reveal that with progression, the meaning of euthanasia can be shaped into a universal medical practice. By doing so, the ethics of euthanasia can be defined with objectivity.
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