When people hear the word suicide it invokes controversy. Although it is a taboo subject; if a loved one was faced with a terminal illness becoming extremely critical this would pose a moral question. Could a person be willing to accept the fact their family member intended to use medical assisted suicide? Very few individuals would agree with this, but in the same instance should a human being want their relative to be in unbearable pain? According to the author, “Indeed, physician-assisted suicide implies not a resistance to but an extension of medical power over life and death” (Salem). There are various reasons as to why medical assisted suicide could be viewed as wrong, but it should be the patient’s choice on how they want to relinquish life.
In order to understand euthanasia the person must know the true meaning, “The literal translation of euthanasia from Greek is good death” (Haigh). Doesn’t everyone want to die in a respectable and pain free death? Therefore, they are four countries and three states of The United States of America that have legalized physician assisted suicide (Vogel). That being said, the majority of cases are used for the purposes of those suffering from a terminal illness and those who are mentally stable enough to handle the repercussions (Haigh). It is an option for those who are in agonizing pain to be helped and let go of the pain they deal with on a daily basis (Fenigsen). This helps the patients to die in a peaceful and relaxed manner and enjoy their last few days with family or friends.
In order to be safe there are many different types of criteria that the patient must meet in order to fulfill his or her wish to be euthanized. This is depending on where the person lives and to prevent unwanted issues such as a lawsuit. In Europe, most patients must make a written statement and discuss it with their physician. In Oregon, they have some of the same similarities, but they also must have witnesses present in writing their statement , psychiatric examination, how long they have to live and what they have, be informed about other options of care, and have a waiting period to finalize their request (Haigh). This is in order to protect the individuals, their families, and the physicians (Fenigsen).
The author Fenigsen points out that as humans, “We can solve many problems, but not the ultimate ones.” The author emphasizes with all the new ways of approaching life’s problems and trying to comprise for things in life that used to be unsolvable. Solving them should not be so difficult considering all the new technology we have to help. In reality, when trying to solve the decision of whether to choose how to pass away; he or she has no freedom to choose the way they can pass on. In all honesty it is violating basic human rights. In society it is considered immoral and degrading of human life when implementing the use of medical assisted suicide. It can be looked at as murder in some cases, which can cause lots...