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The paper notes the distinctions among the different forms of assisted suicide, known as physician-assisted suicide, active euthanasia, withdrawing or withholding life sustaining therapy (WWLST) and letting die. The paper addresses the issues of autonomy, beneficence and nonmaleficence and how patients may feel that they are coerced into assisted suicide so that they do not become a financial burden to their family. The paper relates that through legalization, laws of assisted suicide will mandate proper treatment and procedure, and the patient, as well as the family can be assured that assisted suicide is being administered properly. The paper reaches the conclusion that patients should not feel coerced into accepting suicide, but the option should be made available to them so they do not need to suffer unduly.
From the Paper:"The issue of intent in suicide is the determining factor in mercy killing. The medical field makes many distinctions among the different forms of assisted suicide. The variance of such forms include assisted suicide which entails giving a patient the means by which to commit suicide, such as prescriptions, and knowing that the patient intends to use such pills in order to commit suicide. Assisted suicide then is someone assisting the patients to commit the act of suicide and the practicing doctor/nurse being inactive in the process. Assisted suicide is also known as physician-assisted suicide because the doctor provides the lethal dose of medication.
"There is also active euthanasia that occurs when the doctor/nurse actively involves themselves in the pursuit of suicide for a patient. A doctor or nurse will inject a lethal dose of medication into the patient in order to end their life. This is also known as mercy killing. Euthanasia is illegal in the majority of the US. In most cases, the patient voluntarily asks to be killed, or they are unable to request it because they are incapacitated in some fashion(Ersek, 2005)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Ersek, Mary. (April, 2005). Assisted Suicide: Unraveling a Complex Issue. Issues in Nursing.Volume 35, Number 4. pp 48-52.
- Hamel, Ronals & Michael Panicola. (April, 2004). Must We Preserve Life? America, Vol. 190,No. 14 pp. 6-13.
- Wilson, Leslie S. et al. (August 2005). The Economic Burden Of Home Care for Children with HIV and Other Chronic Illnesses. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 95, Issue 8, p1445-52.
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