Argumentative Essay: The Ethics Of Assisted Suicide

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In this life we will face many life lessons, accomplishments, trials and tribulations. The most we can ask for is to have a healthy happy family. But unfortunately there are many terminal illnesses that we cannot prevent or cure. One of the most painful things to see, is someone you love suffering. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the option to “pass on”, on your own terms? In many states, assisted suicide is not allowed. Dr. Jack Kevorkian believed in assisted suicide and helped many people make that choice, while giving them the dignity to “pass on” to a better place. As human’s we are not invincible. At some point we will all die. But in some cases before death, we may become terminally ill. This means that there is no cure and death will be inevitable. Cancer is one of the leading terminal illnesses that people die from (, para 3). …show more content…
Kevorkian’s patients were terminally ill that he assisted in dying (para 2). That is part of the reason why some felt that what he was doing, was murder (para 2). The reason Dr. Kevorkian and his cases were so popular and focused on, is because of everyone’s difference in ethics. A lot of these cases were made public because of the ethical issues of assisted dying. Some people feel that this is a barbaric way to die, other’s feel it gives the patient control of their decision and life (, para 3). When someone is terminally ill or even people who become ill for a short amount of time, financially it is expensive. With someone who has a terminal illness, they won’t be able to catch up, as they will be getting treatments or seeking medical attention until they eventually die. So with having the right to die when terminally ill, it would not only help the patient with their pain and suffering, but possibly the family financially (para 4). Dr. Kevorkian didn’t make anyone die, who didn’t want to. It’s estimated that he assisted 130 deaths in the 1990’s (, Eckman, Dr. Jim, para

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