Sociology and My View

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Sandra Cerwinsky

SOC 120: Introduction of Ethics and Social Responsibility

David Strand

September 24, 2012

Ethical/Personal Issues of Physician Assisted Suicide

Physician assisted suicide is a very passionate topic for me. I totally agree that it should be legalized and used when a terminally ill patient has totally used every possible avenue of treatment and there is nothing left to do. As a Utilitarian you definitely want the right thing to be done. Then what is right is right and wrong is wrong. I am sure that in egoism there would be a problem because they would only want to be the hero so to speak and do what is correct of the family and everyone else’s needs. As we go through the issue you will see different views and feelings involving all providers involved which are doctors, nurses, patients, friends, and family members.

What is physician assisted suicide? For the lack of a better term physician assisted suicide will be addressed as “euthanasia”. Euthanasia is defined broadly as “the mercy killing of the hopelessly ill, injured or incapacitated” (Pozgar, 2010). Euthanasia is a Greek word meaning “good death” or “easy death” (Pozgar, 2010). As a healthcare worker/provider for many years I have come to have great feelings on passive euthanasia as well as many other healthcare individuals have. We must discuss the fine lines of legal issues as well as ethical issues. Is there a right or a wrong, when it comes to the end of life for an individual? Who really needs to understand anyone’s wishes and fulfill them? There are strong feelings involved in these issues by many individuals of different walks life.

Euthanasia is a dilemma worldwide with many different opinions and feelings from all walks of life. In some cases if it were used some individuals would die a dignified death. That I believe would…...

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