Week 4 Discussion / The Right-To-Die Movement

The Right-To-Die Movement

Healthy dying” has become a more prominent issue in the U.S., especially when the New York Times published an article about a woman named Jo Roman, a 62-year-old artist with terminal cancer who took her own life with an overdose of medication after gathering close friends around her for a celebration prior to her farewell passage. Then, Dr. Jack Kevorkian began to help people with terminal illnesses end their lives. And most recently the disputes in the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case became headline news in 2005. 

“As the technology to keep people alive continues to improve, the ethical issues about active euthanasia in general and physician-assisted suicide, in particular, will continue to become more complex and will likely focus increasingly on the quality of life ” (Kail & Cavanaugh, 2016, p. 558).

Read pages 555-559  in your text. (Textbook:  Human Development, 8th edition, Author: Kail, Robert V. & Cavanaugh, John C., Publisher:  Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1337554831)

Review the following Articles online:

Goligher, E. C., Ely, E. W., Sulmasy, D. P., Bakker, J., Raphael, J.,  Volandes, A. E., M. Patel, B. M., Payne, K., Annmarie, A., Churchill, L.,  White, D. B. & Downar, J.  (2017). Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Intensive Care Unit: A Dialogue on Core Ethical Issues,  Critical Care Medicine, 45(2): 149–155. http://doi.org/10.1097/CCM.0000000000001818

Also available at:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5245170/pdf/nihms768538.pdf

Boudreau, J. D. (2011).  Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Can You Even Imagine Teaching Medical Students How to End Their Patients’ Lives?  The Permanente Journal,15(4), 79-84, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3267569/pdf/i1552-5775-15-4-79.pdf  

***** Discussion questions: (write your response in discussion form. Not question and answer form)

  • Do you think people have a right to die if they are in great pain and diagnosed with a terminal illness?
  • What is the difference between euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide?
  • Should euthanasia be legal or illegal?
  • Should physician-assisted suicide be legal or illegal?

Note: Remember to cite a source in your primary post. Also, refer to the Psychology Discussion Requirements listed above.

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