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phisician- assisted suicide, what are your thoughts?
i am doing a report on (PAS) and i would like to know peoples views on PAS (it is when i doctor may give an chronically ill adult a pill that will make them pass away peacfuly, the adult first agrees to it) should this be legal or not. doctors have been sent to jail for giving patients the pill, but the patient took the pill (that would be them committing suicide which is legal) but since the doctor gave them the pill it now becomes illegal? what are your thoughts on this. thank you
- The momLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
I think physician assisted suicide takes us down a very slippery slope that will be very hard to climb out of. We attach so much fear to the process of dying that people come to think of the end of life as something to dread. The life of each person is valuable, right down to the last minute. There are ways to manage pain so it doesn't have to be out of control or miserable. Nobody needs to suffer, the patient or the family. And exactly when do we decide that it's okay, that you have reached a terminal enough stage that suicide is acceptable? Life itself is after all terminal at some point. And what happens to those folks who decide to take their disease to it's natural end? How long do you think it will be before a person is expected to "spare" their families the expense and hurt, and just commit suicide as soon after they get the diagnosis as possible? Diabetes is a chronic illness, same as MS. Are we going to include those as well? Personally, I think we view our obligations to the dying with the wrong eyes. We think of it merely in terms of what we can do for the dying person, and not of what it returns to us caring for them as human beings. We learn a great deal about dignity, compassion, and ourselves through caring for the choronically ill and dying. But I suppose that it is only a matter of time before PAS becomes acceptable and expected. We don't much treasure life at the beginning, no reason to think we will treasure it as it approaches the end either. What you must wonder is how we will be as a society when old age and infirmity mean you are no longer welcome in human society. Sorry kids, granny got sick, and we didn't feel like supporting her for the few years she had left. Pills were cheaper.Source(s): nurse
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I believe assisted suicide should be legal...but ONLY if there is absolutely no way the patient will ever recover and lead a normal..happy life. I believe it is the patients right to die. In order for something like this to become legal...the patient should undergo serious psychological evaluations and other various tests to make sure they are in their right frame of mind when they sign their life away...literally.
- Alan SLv 61 decade ago
I think physician assisted suicide should be legal, but there should be a lot of procedures that need to be followed to make sure that the patient has plenty of chances to back out. Also, there has to be a good reason (terminal disease, or in agony with no way of alleviating the pain).
- ScullyLv 41 decade ago
It happens already to a degree.....patients refuse resusitation, Drs give morphine and patients can control how much etc. I think legalising it would allow it to be no big secret and enable patients to say goodbye properly to loved ones.
Drs say that pain control exists pre-death, so one wouldnt need to fear it but thats not true...when my mum had end stage cancer and was in agony even WITH drugs (that the drs/sisters could not monitor every single moment...ie had to allow it to wear off before they administered more). Patients that are already dying, are aware (and there is no hope at all) should be given the opportunity to pull their own plug (so to speak).
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- 1 decade ago
Suicide is legal because how are you going to prosecute a dead person...? As far as that pill, maybe in extreme cases where the person is in pain and has a chronic disease should it then be legal.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Nope. Don't believe in it at all.
If you;re in chronic pain, there is pain killers for that.
You can be given a 2% survival rate from a doctor and they can be wrong.
There is to much of a margin of error.
- ordazLv 45 years ago
of course, that's all as much as the guy and each case on a individual foundation. below no circumstances could desire to that's an argument that includes the critiques of every person different than the sick individual and his or her family members and medical doctors. on the main. My grandmother became into at present clinically determined with lung maximum cancers, and she or he has been advised, factor-sparkling, that she will die very quickly, and particular in very much of discomfort. She is likewise elderly and has different wellness subject concerns. She has advised all human beings in the family members, additionally fairly factor-sparkling, that she does no longer choose to go through, and does not choose us to go through, gazing her writhe in pain and cough her lungs out. on an identical time as her demise is the final ingredient i choose, i could fairly a) persist together with her desires, and b) enable her to die with a undeniable quantity of dignity and with out discomfort, that's the way she lives her existence.
- Richard BLv 71 decade ago
I believe this should be a bona fide medical procedure and should be allowed by law.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
no local, state, or federal government should have any say in a person decision to end their life (as long as they do it in private).