Ronald Simmons_SOC 120_Week 5_Final Assingment

Ronald Simmons_SOC 120_Week 5_Final Assingment - PHYSICIAN...

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT SUICIDE The Ethical Issues and Problems with Physician Assistant Suicide Ronald Simmons SOC 120 Instructor: Meredith Peabody September 26, 2011 The Ethical Issues and Problems with Physician Assistant Suicide For years physician assistant suicide has been prohibited. In the late 90s, Oregon passed a law to legalize assistant suicide. In 2008, Washington legalized physician assistant suicide with Montana following in 2009. Physician assistant suicide is when a doctor administers a lethal drug that ends the life of a terminally ill patient. Physician assistant suicide is also known as physician aid- in-dying. Physician aid-in-dying is when a doctor provides the lethal drug and the
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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT SUICIDE terminal patient self-administers the drug. There are two basic arguments concerning physician assisted suicide; argument for and argument against. This paper will examine both arguments and stimulate wholesome thinking. Moral reasoning is often challenged and deciding what is right is extremely difficult when assisted suicide is involved. Many advocates of free will would suggest that as humans, being of sound mind, one should posse the right to determine how to live his or her own life and how to end it as well; especially if one is terminal and painfully suffering. Others may argue that a person who is terminal may be under the influence of medication or so deeply depressed that they may not be thinking rationally, and that life matters and should be preserved to the very last breath. For assistant suicide or against it, both sides make compelling arguments. Nevertheless, there is an apparent slippery slope; there are many variables to consider. Those who support physician assistant suicide would have to consider that logically, this practice may not remain glued to the criteria such as patients near death, unbearable comfort, and severe unmanageable pain. The request for assistance suicide must be voluntarily made by a mentally competent person, what or who defines mental competence, extreme pain, depression, drugs, or a non-terminal person who sees no value to life and has lost the will to live. The problem with legalized physician assistant suicide is that it could potentially open the door for people with all types of conditions and disorders, and that they may resolve that life is intolerable. Death is as natural as life and no one will live forever; all life has a beginning and an ending. The problem comes when people seize control over the timing of death. Free will does not exonerate a person who has no physical illness and tries to commit suicide; it would be said that the judgment of such a person is impaired by depression, drugs, or mental illness and suicide
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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT SUICIDE prevention is ethical and necessary. If depression or drugs could impair the judgment of a person to weigh the value and difficulty of continuing on with life, the pain, suffering, and drugs could
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course SOC120 soc120 taught by Professor Soc120 during the Spring '11 term at Ashford University.

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