The Hemlock Society
The Hemlock Society
Do You Agree With The Hemlock Society That “People Who Wish To Retain Their Dignity And Choice At The End Of Their Lives Should Have The Option Of A Peaceful, Gentle, Certain, And Swift Death In The Company Of Their Loved Ones?” If So, What Options Do You Envision
Yes, I agree with Hemlock Society that “people who wish to retain their dignity and choice at the end of their lives should have the option of a peaceful, gentle, certain, and swift death in the company of their loved ones”. When a family has a family member who is terminally ill or has a chronic disease, the person negatively affects the other family members who must take care of the person until his/her death. This involves huge responsibilities as well as high costs since most chronic illnesses are very expensive to manage (Ashworth & Horder, 2013).
The sick person also endures a lot of pain, which eventually does not go away instead results in death. It is important for family members to look at the bigger picture and consider euthanasia as an option. One of the options can include euthanasia (Ashworth & Horder, 2013). Although there many debates related to euthanasia, a careful analysis of the underlying factors should be considered. This will help in the containment of costs incurred in taking care of the loved one as well as give the members an opportunity to say goodbye. This will also prevent further suffering of the patient, which will lead to a painful death (Ashworth & Horder, 2013).
Would You Add Or Delete Any Features To The Society’s Proposed Legislation? Why or Why Not?
Some of the features to the society’s proposed legislation are unfair and inconsiderate to the person to which euthanasia is administered. Involving the patient in deciding the means of death is unfair to the patient who has a hope of regaining his/her full health back (Meilaender, 2013). This means that the physician has gone against the principles of the healthcare profession, which indicate that healthcare practitioners are responsible for improving the health status of their patients. This also gives the physician the right to take the patient’s life, which is illegal as God is the only Supreme Being with the power to give and take life (Ashworth ; Horder, 2013).
A terminal illness should not be the basis to aid a patient in dying. This is because this feature neglects that there is still hope for sick patients as God can still do miracles to heal these patients. This has been witnessed before and there is still hope for miracles to continue happening which physicians should understand and not make decisions entirely based on terminal sicknesses, which can be healed (Meilaender, 2013).
In The Absence Of Consent, Who Has (Or Should Have) The Right To Decide For A Non-Responsive Individual Whether Life Support Should Be Removed? The Patient’s Doctor, A Spouse, Child, Parent, or a Sibling?
Since the patient is expected to make an independent decision regarding his/her death, in the absence of consent, the physician together with the family members should be involved in making a decision on whether life support should be removed (Ashworth & Horder, 2013). This is because the physician has information related to the health status of the patient, which he/she can explain to the family members. Since the family members have a strong connection with the patient, they are supposed to be involved in the process and make a uniform decision. All family members should participate in the process, which is important in the grieving process (Ashworth & Horder, 2013). Although sometimes conflicts may arise between the healthcare staff members and the family members, a good and effective communication system should be put in place to address some of the factors, which lead to a conflict in interest. This is important, as the two parties are responsible for making a uniform decision (Ashworth & Horder, 2013).
Ashworth, A., & Horder, J. (2013). Principles of criminal law. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press.
Meilaender, G. (2013). Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.