PhysicianAssisted Suicide

PhysicianAssisted Suicide

Q.Do you think that physician-assisted suicide is ethical?

A. The Hippocratic Oath asserts that a doctor must keep the sick fromall forms of harm and injustice and prohibits giving a deadly drug orsuggesting the same to a client. In effect, the oath binds allphysicians to engage in ethical matters of protecting patients toheal normally, which is contrary to the action of prescribing alife-ending medication. Assisted suicide is virtuous when practicedunder strict guidelines. Pain alleviations can be administered todying people and those suffering from chronic illness if notpossible, assisted suicide the final merciful act to stop patientswith no survival chances form experiencing a painful death.

Q.Statistics show that doctor supporting physician-assisted dyingincreased from 46% in 2010 to 54% in 2014. Is the trend likely tofavor the legalization and acceptance of medically aided suicide?(Sanburn, 2015).

A. Today, the highest opposition is coming from doctors, Catholics, anddisability-rights organizations that oppose the right to die. It tookhalf a decade for roughly 10% of medics to switch their position onthe matter. I believe the increase is attributed to newer doctors whoare yet to understand the seriousness of the decision in human life.As such, physicians have a right to reject aiding suicide, and theopposition is likely to increase with time as people confront thesocial stigma associated with ending a patient’s life instead oftrying to heal them through constant research.

Q.Will more terminally ill patient ask for the prescription oflife-ending medication?

A.Seemingly, not all terminally ill patients want to use thephysician-aided suicide. For example, in Oregon, about 1,327 peoplewere prescribed life-ending medication in 1997, but only 859eventually used the procedure (NPR, 2014). Besides, some patients arepressured by family members to choose physician-aided suicide sinceit is less costly compared to the cost of treatment.

Q.Are the physicians offering life-ending medication following theHippocratic Oath?

A.Medical doctor respect the freedom of patients to make choices.Moreover, the law allows patients to make a choice. Physicians actmerely to protect the patient from facing the consequences of theirillness by offering assisted suicide.

Q.Should patients who are unable to communicate be assisted to die?

A.Patients who cannot communicate have the legal right to live. Medicalpractitioners try all their level best to sustain life. The patientsare given medication, food and water but when the body stopsintegrating what it is given into the system, it is advisable toaccept the eminent death and medically assist the patients to diepeacefully.


Physician-assistedsuicide should be legalized under strict medical legal guidelines ifthe patient consents to it or is in great due an incurable illness.Terminally ill patients should be given the legal option of choosinga significant death. Although doctors are under the Hippocratic Oathto preserve life, patients whose bodies cannot absorb fluids,medicines or food are on the verge of death and should be physicallyassisted to die. Dying is a natural process that all people must gothrough and patients in distress should be granted the freedom ofchoice on when they wish to die. Physician assisted suicide should belegalized since chronic patients with mental abilities and nosurvival chances have the free will to die whenever they wish.


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Sanburn,J. (2015). The last choice. SanFrancisco