End of Life Decisions Essays

760 Words Aug 26th, 2014 4 Pages
Running head: END OF LIFE DECISIONS

End of Life Decisions
Tina Hancock Roberts
PHI 208/Ethics and Moral Reasoning
Professor Stanley Stolte
September 1, 2014

End of Life Decisions
The decisions we all make at the ending of our life as we know it on earth have been of question as it relates to ethics for years. If a person decides to end their own life by refusing medical care, is this still considered suicide? Is it even morally acceptable to the families who face these situations? In most religions, it is considered a sin to take one’s own life, so how can we be ethically and morally accepting of assisted suicide in people with terminally ill diseases? In this essay, we will examine this issue further and
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A similar law was passed in 2009 in Washington. In Montana, the state supreme court ruled in 2009 that doctors in that state cannot be prosecuted for assisting with the death of terminally ill patients, but did not guarantee it as a constitutional right.” In this particular case, Powell’s family gathered around him in the living room as he was being administered a lethal dose of pain medications that would ultimately not only end his suffering, but also his own life. (Cable News Network, 2014). In cases such as this, I do not think that I should be the judge as to what is ethical and what is not. I have not lived in this man’s body and do not understand his suffering, however, his family who accepted his decision had watched him suffer from the cancer that took over his body.
The question at hand here is whether it really makes a difference whether a person’s life is ended by an act of active killing, or whether it is simply allowed to expire? The ultimate ending outcome is the same, however the journey is a little less painful with active killing. Although many religions tell us that suicide is a sin, is this really considered suicide when the body is slowly dying anyway? Many people might argue that medically assisted suicide is not the same

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