Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

The Big Government, Big Religion, Immoral Opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide

 
 

The government should not force people to die painful deaths, in order to please the people who can only think of the ways something can go wrong and/or the Bible thumpers. These patients are not harming anyone else and we should stop condemning them as if they are the ones rejecting morality.

There are ways to protect vulnerable patients from being taken advantage of by family, or by others, without forcing everyone to die painfully. Physician assisted suicide is a way to protect vulnerable patients from being taken advantage of by those who claim to know what is best for everyone and want to force it on everyone, for their own good.

The alternative to physician assisted suicide is to require moral physicians break the law in order to provide the care the patient needs – relief of suffering that cannot otherwise be relieved. Physician assisted suicide should not be opposed by any ethical medical organization.

The older I get, the more I see patients abused by this hypocritical legal prohibition on ethical behavior.

Providing the care that the patient requests, with fully informed consent by the patient, is far more ethical than claiming that other people should control patients’ lives for the patients.

This does not affect me much, as a patient, because I can acquire whatever I need to end my life, whenever I feel it is the best option. I also have the ability to administer whatever medications I might choose to use, but I would probably have to do this sooner than I would like, in order to avoid having to rely on others to do what is right.

I will not ask anyone else to put themselves at legal risk, in order to allow me more time.

I will do whatever I need to do before I lose the ability to do everything on my own. Obviously, this will not apply to many medical conditions that have catastrophic sudden onset. I am not currently experiencing any symptoms and I do not have any diagnosis of any condition that would encourage me to end my life, but I may need to move to a state that does not require patients to be tortured to death, if that changes. If the SCOTUS literalists/originalists imposes a big government sharia decision to prohibit ethical end of life decisions by patients, then I might need to move to another country in order to have a longer life.

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Comments

  1. I believe the filing tag is incorrect; it should be common sense. (`-´)>

    • WordPress changed their format for composing posts and I am not familiar with the changes.

      Everything I write is heresy.

      Other tags just help to differentiate among the flavors of heresy.

      I am opposed to common sense, which is generally nonsense.

      Common sense tells us that the Earth is flat.

      Science shows that common sense is wrong.

      Common sense tells us that the Earth does not move.

      Science shows that common sense is wrong.

      Common sense is generally a belief in an instinctive alternative that is better than science. Common sense is generally nonsense.

      Instinctive responses do have their place, but will mislead for anything that requires more than the simplest thought.

      A great book on the subject is Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow

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