Considerations of physician-assisted suicide are pressing, emotionally charged, and urgently needed. Current safeguards that exist to protect the patients from coercion and abuses of power are crucial, but incomplete. Additional safeguards must be implemented to protect the role of physicians in cases of PAS as well. Also, improved palliative care measures should be advocated for and considered as the best option in cases of individuals suffering horrendously in the last month of a terminal illness. The universal legalization of physician-assisted suicide in all 50 states should be advocated for, so that once all palliative care measures available have been exhaustively explored, terminally-ill and suffering individuals have the ability to end their lives with dignity and on their own terms.
The University of Puget Sound
"Advocation for the Universal Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide as a Last Resort Measure,"
Sound Decisions: An Undergraduate Bioethics Journal: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
Available at: http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/sounddecisions/vol2/iss1/1