Death As A Decision : The Effect Of Physician Assisted Suicide

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Death as a Decision: The Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide For many years, the ongoing controversy of whether or not a person should be able to be clinically assisted by a physician to end their own life has been circling the minds of many people. According to the textbook, assisted suicide differs from medical euthanasia in that the physician is necessary but not sufficient for the act. In assisted suicide the patient needs to do the final act which is to take the lethal medication. Dr. Kevorkian, nicknamed “Dr. Death” is well known for being an advocate for assisted suicide. On November 22, 1998 the American pathologist videotaped the death of 52 year old Thomas Youk, submitted it to CBS’s 60 minutes and it was broadcasted on television. Immediately following the airing, Kevorkian was charged with murder, because he personally injected the drug into Youk, who was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). The most debatable arguments involving physician-assisted suicide include pros such as eliminating patient’s pain and suffering, reducing healthcare costs, sparing vital organs to save other patients, and preventing horrifying and traumatic suicide attempts. The cons however consist of violating Hippocratic Oath, decreasing value of human life, conflicting religious beliefs, and giving doctors too much power. Both sides of the assisted suicide argument are pretty strong, but because of religious reasons the physician assisted suicide should not be legalized.…

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