The terminally ill in pain should not have to suffer. It should be up to both the patient and the physician if a person should be allowed to commit suicide. Even with the technology we have today, pain medicine is still not enough to end pain. It should be allowed because we do it with pets, who are considered family. When the pain is too great, we should be able to choose if we continue with our life.
I think that in rare situations this is a good idea. If the patient is in enough pain and they have no chance of living then death would be a better option. I do no think the patient should be pressured in any way and if they choose to go back on their decision they should be completely allowed to without any shame. I think the doctors should honestly tell the patient when they were bound to die and then give them the option of suicide. They should allow it because of the pain that the person is in. If I am in enough pain and I really cannot take life anymore then I think that I should not have to deal with the pain for another month, or however long I will live.
I have several a few (4) family members that have had to make decisions regarding PAS and in 3 of the situations (all involving children) the parent's chose to keep the child alive. The first child, my cousin, died several days later on her own. The second child, my nephew, is still alive (5 years old) but has multiple sclerosis, is blind, uses a feeding-tube, and needs to be hospitalized at least 2-3 times monthly due to other conditions he has that I am not sure enough of to name. The third child, my second-cousin died a month after her mother decided to keep her alive. In the situation I am seeing now, with my grandmother, my mother will be given the option of PAS in the near future because, sadly, she has dementia along with other things and her body/mind are deteriorating. It's hard to talk to my mom about it because she is in denial, but I am just afraid that in a few months when things get worse she will choose to keep her alive just for the sake of her being here rather than because she is actually meant to still be here. I believe in God and doing things according to His timing and plan, but I find it's really difficult to determine whether it is the person in denial of the truth and with the technology that we have today almost anyone can stay "alive" even when they are really just dying or already dead on the inside. But that's just my opinion. I don't mean to offend anyone here.
As a person who knows many suffering with cancer and has known terminally ill people, I can honestly tell you that given the circumstances, I'd like to be allowed to decide when I die. If I am in excruciating pain, taking pills to control side effects of other pills to control pain by treatments to attempt to slow my death, I should be allowed to tell my family I love them and leave them with the memory of a strong man who loved his family, than a corpse occupying space in they're home waiting until the day I am discovered lifeless next to my wife and forcing that trauma on my family.
It blows my mind that killing someone else (abortion) is perfectly legal, but if someone wants to kill themselves then that's a problem. If a person has some disease that will kill them, and they want to commit suicide with the assistance of a physician, then I don't see the problem. As long as the person is in great mental condition when making the decision, then I don't see the problem in allowing them to make a decision bad on their life. I don't have to live their life or feel their pain, so I don't want to make eliminate options for others.
Terminally ill patients should have control over the end of their lives. No one should have to live in excruciating pain one second longer than is necessary. A terminal illness is just that--the end. Dying with compassion and your family at your side shouldn't be shameful. Just like any other medical decision, dying with dignity should be left up to the patient and not the government.
People who are suffering from the late stages of incurable terminal diseases have nothing to look forward to; all extending their lives does is mean wasting away in a hospital room. I think that it should be legal for their physicians to acknowledge this, and help the patient to die with dignity rather than simply have to rot away until nothing is left.
The primary reason Parliament has resisted attempts to legalize assisted suicide is because of the potential for abuse and the need to protect vulnerable members of society. It is difficult to see how the safeguards proposed by pro-assisted suicide organizations, which are modeled on those from Oregon, could be considered safe. All people with life-limiting illness are potentially vulnerable
and standards for assessing mental capacity are subject to the values of individual clinicians. Therefore, safeguards can never be totally sufficient and no law can be made completely safe. It is important that nurses know where they and patients stand with regard to the law on assisted suicide or PAS. They should not break the law or encourage or assist others so to do. Nurses should never raise the subject of assisted suicide with their patients. If a nurse takes the initiative in such a discussion, it could be construed as encouraging or assisting a suicide. If a patient should raise the subject with a nurse, the latter should respond by explaining that encouraging or assisting suicide is illegal and that he or she can have no part in discussing it. However, that does not preclude exploration of why the patient has raised the subject and of what alternative measures could be taken to alleviate the patient’s clinical situation. Patients with life-limiting illness often have concerns and fears about death and dying. Good clinical care can help alleviate patients’ concerns
No, I do not personally think that physician assisted suicide should be legal. Doctors are there to help people get better, no die. There might be some miracle that could save a person, but the doctor ends their life. God keeps us all here for a reason unbeknowing to us and we should stay as long as possible.