Assisted Suicide, Death With Dignity, And Mercy Killing Essay

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Assisted suicide, death with dignity, and mercy killing are just a few names for what many people see as the least painful way to leave the world. Assisted suicide has recently become one of the most talked about issues of the times. With so many people starting to use assisted suicide as a way to end their pain in their own matter, it would be a good idea to take a deeper look into the issue. This analysis of assisted suicide will include personal stories on how assisted suicide as effected two different people, it will analyze Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act along and how the six step process for ethical decision making helps with how recipients are chosen to be given he medication, who the death with dignity act primarily effect, and the American Medical Association view on assisted suicide.
Lee Johnson was a sixty six year old retiree from Oregon. Lee was working as a furniture maker when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He opted for radiation therapy and chemotherapy to try and prolong his life. Despite his treatments Lee’s condition quickly went down hill, he eventually became bed ridden, his vision blurred and no longer felt the urge to carry on with life. Thankfully for Lee, Oregon had passed the Death with Dignity Act in 1994, allowing Lee to choose to end his suffering before the cancer ended him. At the age of sixty-six Lee Johnson chose to end his life in a dignified manner on his own term and in March of 2011 he took a lethal dose of medication and ended his…

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