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): 149â€“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 Patientsâ€™ 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.