So much as been said about assisted suicide by MD’s since Brittany Maynard’s tragic demise. What I find astounding is the plethora of material on the internet by non-medical personnel who think they can dictate why or how a doctor or nurse can assist in someone’s suicide be it by patient or family request. I won’t assist with your suicide.
In my opinion physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer. That it would be difficult or impossible to control could pose serious societal risks but it isn’t the entire issue.
Going into the medical profession requires that one take an oath to preserve life, not participate in a death squad. One article (http://www.balancedpolitics.org/assisted_suicide.htm) categorically stated how it would save the family money and free up medical professionals to take care of other patients who needed their care more. Of course it would also save the government money for huge end of life expenses. They further maintain suicide would eliminate the relative’s diminishing inheritance.
What I found unbelievable following these articles is the number of comments agreeing with the concept of forcing medical personnel to participate in providing assistance or outright just doing a Jack Kevorkian on the patient. Why do we need to essentially kill someone? We can make a person’s life comfortable as possible until they die. Patients, in my experience aren’t abandoned once it is determined that a cure is impossible. Hospice care, pastoral support, family counseling, and other modalities are available to patients and families. Insisting a physician participate in assisted suicide of a human being is not the same as euthanizing a dying dog. I am morally outraged . It’s time to fix the state of dying in America. No one wants a patient to suffer in agony. Legalizing assisted suicide fixes nothing. The principle that doctors must not kill patients should stand. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I won’t assist in your suicide.