By: Milan K. Sheth, M.A. in Biomedicine-Eastern Mennonite University
The legality and ethics of palliative physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has been a controversial debate as individuals continue to question the righteousness of doctors assisting in the suicide of patients with a life expectancy of six months or less (1).
The purpose of this article is to explore the theological, ethical, and scientific perspectives of both sides of the debate; one side asserts that PAS protects those who are sick and promotes holistic health in the final stages of life, while the other side states that PAS is unethical, blasphemous, and sinful. Both arguments rely on exploring respect for individual autonomy; it is by choice and with recognition of the rights of competent people to choose the timing and manner of their death when faced with terminal illness. Continue reading “Legality and Morality of Physician-Assisted Suicide: Perspectives on Choice in Relation to Theology, Conviction, and Medical Ethics”