During the last 20 years, physician-assisted suicide has been legalized for terminally ill patients in several states of the United States, and recently “medical assistance in dying,” which also includes active euthanasia, has become legal in Canada.
How should we think about what constitutes a good death now?
It is natural that Shields, coming from an Irish Catholic background, would have wanted to have a wake; indeed, he was a Catholic priest in his youth.
Many of us imagine being present at our funerals, so why not be present at one’s “wake?
The recent advance of the life -saving interventions and mechanical devices, that result from the medical technology has prolong dying process, which raise need to end of life care .
Dying process is too often needlessly protracted by these medical technology is consequently marked by incapacitations, intolerable pain, and indignity .
Physician assisted suicide defines as knowingly and intentionally providing a person with the knowledge or means or both required to commit suicide, including counseling about lethal doses of drugs, prescribing such lethal doses or supplying the drugs.
Therefore, the aim of this paper is to create an argumentative essay to argue the use of physician assisted suicide for terminally ill patients as a last resort to end their suffer and end their life, while taking the legal and ethical points of view of opponents and proponents into consideration.
The effect is akin to a documentary movie of the planned death of Shields.
Shields appears to have been a genuinely remarkable man, with a rich life dedicated to helping others.