Assisted Suicide 1
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
MIND AND MACHINE
Assisted Suicide 2
There are many pros and cons for Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia that can be debated over and over again. The debate includes the arguments that it can be less pain and suffering for the patient against those that feel legalizing physician assisted suicide/euthanasia can lead doctors down the wrong path. So the question this leads to is: If a terminally ill person decides that they wish to end their life, is it acceptable or is it right for others to assist them? In this paper I will define both Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia; and present both sides of the argument of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia, and conclude with my position on both.
Assisted suicide is the common term for actions by which an individual helps another person voluntarily brings about his or her own death. The difference between assisted suicide and euthanasia is that in one another ends the life. Because euthanasia has several definitions in which each form represents various moral view points, it is important to ensure that people have a full understanding of their meanings and the issues that can arise from the different forms. “Euthanasia (VAE) is a Greek word which stands for good death and means to intentionally administer medicine or interventions that cause the death of a patient at their request” (Runge, Royle, Slater, 2004).
“Many proponents of euthanasia want more than hospice availability or more effective palliation” (Lillehammer 2002, pp.545-550). Those that are for euthanasia feel that doctors, under certain circumstances, should control the decision of ensuring the patient has an easy and painless death. There are two forms of euthanasia which is active euthanasia and passive...