Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses physician assisted suicide be legalized. Under such circumstances, some of these patients would decide to die rather than continue to live under these conditions. At this stage, in order to ease their ongoing pain, few of the patients request assistance from their physicians (Blank & Bonnicksen, 1994).
The patients who ask for such favors do not fall into simple diagnostic categories. The spectrum of patients who have been asking for this favor is very wide and the range of physicians’ response is equivalent to nothing when compared. Yet each request can be compelling and their ongoing life is miserable. A few of the examples include a person who is suffering from AIDS from eight years and as a result, has lost his sight and also losing his memory. a mother with seven children suffering from ovarian cancer, who can no longer eat and has bedsores on her abdomen (Blank, Bonnicksen, 1994). These are the sort of cases for which the physician-assisted suicide must become legal.
Physician-assisted suicide is part of Euthanasia. In 1985, the Dutch Government Commission has defined this as the deliberate act in which the patient’s life is terminated on the request of the patient by a physician. The same government defines physician-assisted suicide as the act in which the patient takes the lethal drugs herself or himself. According to the Oregon Death with Dignity Act 1994, physician-assisted suicide is defined as “the prescription of a lethal dose of medication for a person with a terminal illness (Dees, Dassen, Dekkers & Weel, 2010).
In 1994, the state of Oregon, USA, has legalized physician-assisted suicide. In this year, 0.12 % of the annual death rate was recorded by this process. In Belgium, when physician-assisted suicide was legalized in 2002, 0.3 % of the annual deaths were labeled under its title (Lachman, 2010). The above-discussed statistics show that physician-assisted suicide has not affected the overall death rate of the states.