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Information Counts: the Most Common Question Asked About Assisted Suicide

- Information Counts: the Most Common Question Asked About Assisted Suicide

If you’re here looking for more information about assisted suicide, we applaud your decision to empower your choices through fact-finding. Yes, assisted suicide can be a tricky subject but with proper discussion and data, better decisions can be made regarding it. With that in mind, we wanted to shine a bit of light on the more common question that is asked about assisted suicide.

Why Do Some People Consider Assisted Suicide?

This question has an answer that comes in different parts. We’ll delve into it to the best of our capability. These are the reasons why some people consider assisted suicide:

Finances

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Not everyone was able to lead a financially successful life while at their prime. Even if they did a terminal illness like cancer or HIV will act like a money vortex with all the doctor’s visits, medication, testing, hospital stays, and in the latter part having a caretaker. Terminal illness puts in a significant amount of stress of the finances of not just one person but on those that love them.

Pain

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Pain is something that we tend to avoid. In fact, we go to significant lengths just to make sure that we experience as less pain as possible. So why would anyone choose to continue to experience pain?

No Cure

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To this day, many illnesses do not have a cure. One would think with all the technological advances that we’ve had there would have been significant progress in curing illnesses.

Loss of Autonomy

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It is not only the terminally ill that seek assisted suicide. This refers to those who are otherwise seemingly healthy but feel that they have lost completely autonomy over themselves due to an accident or simply because they have reached a significant age. A majority of those that seek assisted suicide are the elderly who do no have anyone in their life for companionship or have been abandoned.

In certain cases, it is completely acceptable for both medical professionals and ethical society ‘to pull the plug’ on people who have entered into a vegetative state with no brain activity whatsoever. These people lack the capacity to make a conscious decision to choose whether or not they wish to end their life yet people do it anyway. What’s so different when someone actively chooses to end their life?

Conclusion

A tricky subject like assisted suicide can be made plain by seeking further knowledge. We hope that today’s discussion helps to further illuminate your understanding of this choice. We strongly believe that before a choice is made, there needs to be ample research and understanding. This helps to avoid any misunderstanding and provides a stronger base for the decision at hand.

What other questions regarding assisted suicide have you come across in your research?

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Widening the Scope: Ethical Issues Associated with Assisted Suicide

- Widening the Scope: Ethical Issues Associated with Assisted Suicide

When it comes to the concept of a life and morality, assisted suicide has always been a difficult topic to broach. There will always be those that consider it to be necessary while others think it is an ethical breach.

What’s the Issue?

Life, especially when discussed through the point of view of physicians can seemingly be black and white. It is the job of doctors and medical healthcare professionals to make sure that:

  • Their patients get the best sort of care
  • Their patients regain their full health or at least regain wellness
  • They do not harm their patients
  • They do not lead to their patient’s death if at all possible

So basically the idea of assisted suicide does not go well with the oath that they took when they chose their profession. So on an ethical standpoint, assisted suicide seems to desecrate what it means to be a doctor.

However, these are also the people who are in the best position to ascertain when someone is in an insurmountable amount of pain. They will also be the first to know if the pain is only going to get worse from here on out. So in this level, doctors are the first to sympathize with those who undergo terminal illness and extreme chronic pain.

There have been countries and states which have healthcare professionals who actually advocate for the right of patients to die in their own terms.

Conclusion

The idea of assisted suicide will never be something that will have 100% backing. There will always be people who feel that this is an unethical action especially when physicians are involved in the process. A brave man once said that death may be inevitable but this does not mean that the suffering we undergo does not have to be.

What is your take on the ethical issues surrounding assisted suicide?

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