Physician-Assisted Suicide Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Physician-Assisted Suicide
A consideration of the perspectives for and against the practice of physician-assisted suicide (PAS).
# 117940 | 1,451 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2009 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Hot Topics (Euthanasia)

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The paper looks at the arguments that oppose physician-assisted suicide (PAS) that argue that the physician as adviser in assisted suicide does not have enough information to understand the patient, there is a threat to violating Catholic principles and PAS causes a heavy burden on the conscience of the doctor. The paper then considers the arguments in favor of PAS that argue for the comforting effect the knowledge of PAS has on a terminally ill patient, the role of PAS in a democracy and the need for healthcare rationing. The paper asserts that understanding the total perspectives behind the arguments is vital in order to make an educated decision on this controversial issue.

From the Paper:

"Research indicates that there are many issues which are not considered in the Assisted Suicide Issue, which typically invokes a knee jerk reaction due to the extreme polarity of the nature of the issue and the affect on public opinion. However, some areas such as the ramifications for physicians are often overlooked, as well as the extent the consequences of PAS. Consultation of current research reveals arguments and perspectives that are more complex regarding the issue in this day and age. Polarization of society is oversimplified along extreme lines regarding this issue, when a greater understanding of the assisted suicide issue is necessary and may sway a person whose perspective is likely oversimplified by media coverage in the age of the sound bite. The full ramifications of the issue must be understood in order to make an educated decision about such polarizing issues."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "BMA takes a stand against euthanasia.(British Medical Association). GP (July 7, 2006): p11.
  • "By any other name; Euthanasia in Oregon." The Economist (US) 382.8516 (Feb 17, 2007): p33US.
  • "California suicide bill 'implicitly anti-Catholic.'" America 196.19 (May 28, 2007): p7(1).
  • "Colorado--Colorado's three Catholic bishops issued a statement pointing out the need to reject candidates who support abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, human embryo destruction, human cloning and gay 'marriage.'" Catholic Insight 14.11 (Dec 2006): p34(1).
  • Foley, Kathleen. "Is physician-assisted suicide ever acceptable? It's never acceptable." Family Practice News 37.11 (June 1, 2007): p11(1).

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