Should terminally ill patients be legally able to commit physician assisted suicide?

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They should be allowed to commit physician assisted suicide
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Suicide is wrong and so is helping a person commit it
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AnnaS says2015-08-20T11:57:36.4358398Z
If someone is terminally ill, suffering, expected to die- there should be people around them who will do their best to help them. Specialists who with their skills and knowledge can deal with it. If they can't (we don't have solutions for every problem) they should at least make these last days as best as possible, give warmth, time, attention, offer alternative therapies. Sometimes these "little" things matter the most. We live in a civilization that wants to be immortal or perfect. Death and suffering is not well tolerated. But it is a part of real life. We have to accept it, not just get rid of it because we don't like it. Let's search for ways to ease suffering (not only this physical but social and psychological too). It is so easy to give a drug or disconnect respiratory machine-just 1 move. So much more difficult is to face and treat the disease. But that is the challenge that should motivate us.It leads to research, to discoveries, better solutions. Gives potential, hope. This is the aim of medicine-to support people's lives. Not the other way. Imagine- you were lying ill in bed. Would you not be scared of a doctor who has the right to end your life? I am a nurse and I dread that it may become possible.
DerKurbis says2015-10-27T16:45:32.6722416Z
If we can put down sick dogs and other sick animals, why not sick people?
Darklions3429 says2017-01-23T18:12:50.3676950Z
The Hippocratic oath (an oath stating the obligations and how doctors and medical professionals should conduct themselves) states that "I will not administer poison to anyone where asked," and I will "be of benefit, or at least do no harm." A physician is a medical professional, and going against the oath spoken when they first began training to be a physician will affect their integrity. This in turn will affect the perception of medical professionals in the public eye, making them distrusted to the public. I agree that a patient with a maximum of 6 months has the right to end their lives by their own hand, but the thing is, very few people who get the prescription actually decide to end their own life. In a study done in Washington, of 255 people prescribed the drugs, only about 40 people the PAS route and only about 24 of them took their own life. That means about 16% of people chose to die, and only 9.2% actually took their own life. The unused prescriptions are disposed of. This means that this is just money and tax dollars going down the drain, making this a very inefficient system. And besides, there's other ways of doing this, such as sedating the patient until death, or something among the lines of that.
Darklions3429 says2017-01-23T18:13:20.9619544Z
The Hippocratic oath (an oath stating the obligations and how doctors and medical professionals should conduct themselves) states that "I will not administer poison to anyone where asked," and I will "be of benefit, or at least do no harm." A physician is a medical professional, and going against the oath spoken when they first began training to be a physician will affect their integrity. This in turn will affect the perception of medical professionals in the public eye, making them distrusted to the public. I agree that a patient with a maximum of 6 months has the right to end their lives by their own hand, but the thing is, very few people who get the prescription actually decide to end their own life. In a study done in Washington, of 255 people prescribed the drugs, only about 40 people the PAS route and only about 24 of them took their own life. That means about 16% of people chose to die, and only 9.2% actually took their own life. The unused prescriptions are disposed of. This means that this is just money and tax dollars going down the drain, making this a very inefficient system. And besides, there's other ways of doing this, such as sedating the patient until death, or something among the lines of that.

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