Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: My Father's Death

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Susan Wolf, in writing about her own father's death, is facing a difficult and emotional issue that challenges her to consider her views on assisted suicide (Wolf, 2008). Assisted suicide is the common term for actions by which an individual helps another person voluntarily brings about his or her own death. "Assistance" may mean providing one with the means to end one's own life. In the article, “Confronting Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia”, by Susan Wolf, Susan shares the difficult and painful death of her father.

A history of a reference to assisted suicide was in The Hippocratic Oath, written in the fourth century B.C. over the centuries, with our Western laws and society deriving from Christianity the Ten Commandments, it was generally considered that assisted suicide was murder, and so against the law. Over the past few decades, with more global contact, changes of beliefs, what were once strong lines are now being blurred and challenged.

The goal of Physician Assisted Suicide is to end a suffering of an individual who is sick or diseased. In the article “Confronting Physician- Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: My Father’s Death” by Susan Wolf, Susan is facing a difficult decision about her father’s request “forced to rethink my objections to legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia” (Wolf, 2008).

Susan’s father once was an ambitious and active man with a career in law. Susan has fond memories of him as a good provider and a father. At age seventy-eight he is suffering from cancer. He made sure that he got the best possible treatment for his disease. Even Susan’s father was strong he came to a conclusion that no amount of treatment was going to cure him. He decided to stop all the medical treatments, and wanted to “speed up” his death as quickly as possible to avoid any more suffering for himself and his family. This point Susan was aware of her father’s wishes and was struggling to keep him comfortable. As time came...
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