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PAS 1 Running head: PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE Physician-Assisted Suicide Jessica Gerrick Baker University School of Nursing English 401 April 16, 2009
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PAS 2 Physician-assisted suicide refers to a practice in which the physician provides a patient with a lethal dose of medication, upon the patient's request, which the patient intends to use to end his or her own life (Braddock & Tonelli, 2008). There has been a long standing debate regarding physician-assisted suicide primary due to the fact that it poses such questions as: Is it ethical? Do people know what they really want? Can people articulate what they want? In November 1997, voters in Oregon approved the Death With Dignity Act, making physician-assisted suicide legal in the state of Oregon. In November 2008, Washington became the second state to legalize physician assistance in a patient's death (O'Reilly, 2009). Currently, Washington and Oregon are the only states that have an act such as this one in place. Being that this is such a controversial act, there are many arguments in favor of and against it. Some people feel that with this act, other options such as pain management, palliative care, or hope for a new treatment option may be given up on way too early. Furthermore, assisting a patient with suicide could be viewed as violating a physicians professional integrity. Finally, many religions prohibit suicide and the intentional death of others. In 1997, the Death with Dignity Act was voted in favor by 60% of the people (Rose, 2007, p. 148). People in favor of this act believe that a patient should have a right to their own autonomy. People also feel that a patient should be allowed to die with dignity on their own terms if they are terminally ill. Furthermore, with this act, it is believed that tremendous pain and suffering of patients can be saved. With adequate pain management and palliative care, terminally ill patients can
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PAS 3 leave this world in a comfortable manor. Although patients should have a right to their own autonomy, patients do have the right to die with dignity, and pain and suffering of patients need to be maintained, physician-assisted suicide should continue to remain illegal in Kansas due to the fact that it maintains physicians' professional integrity, allows for other comfort measures to be utilized, and does not violate religious and moral beliefs. Palliative care is a topic that needs to be taken into consideration when talking about physician-assisted suicide. There is some confusion behind the specific topics of physician-assisted suicide that people are misinformed about. For example, majority of people don't know the difference between physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Euthanasia is where the physician would act directly, for example giving a patient a lethal
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