Round 3 of research

Hi everyone!

Thanks so much to everyone that has been reading my research and putting their opinions and suggestions down!  It makes the research a lot more fun and impactful if I know people are actually reading it and hopefully enjoying it. 

Just a reminder: my question is should euthanasia be legalized?

(2)What is euthanasia: “Euthanasia is a deliberate act undertaken by one person with the intention of ending the life of another person to relieve that person’s suffering where that act is the cause of death.”

This round I will be looking at who would facilitate euthanasia.  You would assume that doctors would be the ones too, but a doctor could refuse to if they disagree with it.  Another point to consider is when different doctors would feel comfortable assisting someone take their life.  For example if someone has three months to live, but is in pain, opposed to someone with mental illness who is not necessarily going to die in the next couple years, but is unable to communicate and is not lucid. 

Firstly I want to take a look at who. The choice to be euthanized is obviously a hard conclusion to come too, as you are ending your life, however a major factor that needs to be considered is who is having to do this.

(1)(3)Doctors take an oath: the Hippocratic Oath.  This is very important to physicians and something that it taken very seriously. 

(1)This oath states numerous things but there is one line that specifically could be interpreted for being against euthanasia: “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”.  Now this is from the “classic” version of it.  But now there is a more modern version: “Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God. »

The argument by physicians is the law.  They take an oath, they make a promise, they believe in saving lives and that’s what their job is.  (3)“you cannot preserve the integrity of the profession if you undermine the basic principles that define it”-i thought that this was worded very well and hopefully it provides the clear reason why so many doctors are against it. (5) A poll by the Canadian medical association told us that only 20 % of doctors would say yes to facilitating euthanasia while 44% would refuse it, back in 2013. 

                  

These pictures are just an example of how there are so many views on euthanasia.  It is so tricky to come to what is the best for everyone when there are so many things to consider and I think in this doctors views are commonly disregarded, but we have to realize that taking someone’s life would realty impact someone, especially if their purpose is to save lives.

(6)Another survey showed that while the general public is 82% pro euthanasia, 73% of physicians are against it.  They are concerned for not only the integrity in the doctor patient relationship, as in the abuse of euthanasia that could be an outcome.  As well as upholding the values that society depends upon and doctors just as much.

I also planned on looking into the when.  However I realized that when people decide to be euthanized it is when they are in intolerable pain to end the suffering.  Sometimes this is taken as having mental illness when getting old.  For instance I know that my parent wants be euthanized if he gets Alzheimer’s as my grandma has because he doesn’t see it as living a life.  Therefore this question is dependent on the person. 

Overall that was an interesting round because originally I hadn’t considered how morally wrong it would feel for doctors.  This just contributes to the hard conclusion I will have to come to next time. Thanks for reading!

Sources:

1: https://www.medicinenet.com/sc...asp?articlekey=20909

2: http://eol.law.dal.ca/?page_id=238

3: https://www.wya.net/op-ed/deba...-medical-profession/

4: https://www.ethicalrights.com/...nity-euthanasia.html

5: http://www.canada.com/health/O...s/7939308/story.html

6:  https://www.catholiceducation....ld-hurt-doctors.html

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Hello Catherine

It was interesting to see another perspective of euthanasia, other then just the usual pro-con, but the point of view of the actual doctors that would have to administer it, and how that might actually affect the relationships they have with patients. What really interests me is that fact that the Hippocratic oath is technically worded against it, as every doctor has to swear it before becoming a doctor and quite a few are actually attached to it, so breaking it I guess to them might feel like a moral failure on their end to uphold an oath. This was very interesting to read, possibly next time you could look into maybe there are occasions where they would be willing but others not in the case of euthanasia or simply doing something against the Hippocratic oath.

 

A few websites that may be of use to you:

Hey Catherine, 

Interesting round of research! I never put any thought into how Euthanasia would affect anyone else other than the patient, but after your round of research there seems to be a moral dilemma. If euthanasia happens to become legalized, perhaps there would be specific doctors who are allowed to administrate the drug or the oath would have to undergo some changes. As for your next round of research, I'm looking forward for the "when" because it will be interesting to see different peoples perspectives on when they believe it's considered "okay" to use euthanasia. Hopefully you are able to get different perspectives such as a medical opinion, someone who has a medical issues that run in the family and someone who is perfectly heathy. Good luck! Here are some links for your next round.

https://www.theglobeandmail.co...fied/article4392696/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/eu...w/introduction.shtml

Hi! Your question is super interesting, and I love reading your research! It's true that doctors will be very impacted by legalising euthanasia, and I was surprised to see that so many physicians are against it. Personally I think that if physicians are trying to tell us that it's a bad idea we should really take that into consideration when making this decision, because after all, they are the professionals. That's just my opinion though! I wondering who needs to consent to euthanasia in order for it to be legal. In some cases the patient might not be in the right mental or physical state to consent. If that is the case who should give permission? If a family member can consent, they could be biased or not have the patient's best interest at heart. Just something to think about when you make your decision I guess this works into what you will be talking about next round.

https://thebridgehead.ca/2018/...nowledge-or-consent/

My second website is a bit advanced and written in a way that is hard to understand but it has a ton of information and you might find some of it useful

https://jme.bmj.com/content/29/1/10 

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