Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Assisted Suicide


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/15/world/americas/canadian-prime-minister-seeks-to-legalize-physician-assistedsuicide.html?ref=health

I felt this was an important issue as we have been talking about mental health disorders for a while, and assisted suicide is always a controversial issue when brought up in any government setting.  In some ways it seems logical, as if a person is suffering with little to no hope of getting better then requesting to die painlessly seems reasonable.  However, there can also be arguments the other way, as I would not be able to live with myself if I was a doctor who had to administer drugs to kill someone voluntarily.  Religious arguments can also be cited as causes to keep sick people alive.  Do you think assisted suicide should be allowed?  How come?  What are the conditions that need to be met for someone to get help in ending their life?

5 comments:

  1. Assisted suicide will always be a controversial topic because it goes against so many people's sense of morality but, it is considered a mercy death to those who want it. I believe that it should be allowed because for some people, it's just torture within their last few days of living, so they deserve the best care possible. The conditions needed to be met is that it is consent from the patient and the doctors know that they aren;t going to make it.

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  2. I think assisted suicide should be allowed due to the fact that I believe every person should have control over their life. If they are in a lot of pain with no chance of it going away, then I think they should be allowed to commit suicide, if requested. However if a patient has a mental condition, then the situation needs to be handled differently because they might not say that in their normal state. I also see the other side of the argument, as stated in the article, that it changes the value of human life in society. However I still think that individual choice is more important.

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  3. In my opinion I feel that assisted suicide should be a choice but not something that should be administered if the person has lost hope but in a position where it is possible for them to survive. An example of assisted suicide that saved a family from grief and herself from moments of extreme pain is Brittany Maynard who sadly had to go to Oregon away form her home to have this procedure done. While obviously controversial it can really spare a lot of families and the loved ones. So in the end it should be up to the individual themselves to make the choice.

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