Heaven or Hell Essay

2514 Words Jun 30th, 2015 11 Pages
Physician-assisted suicide is; suicide by a patient facilitated by means or information (as a drug prescription or indications of the lethal dosage) provided by a physician who is aware of how the patient intends to use such means or information (Merriam-Webster, n.d). For over ten years, there has been much controversy about the ethics and legality of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) not only in the United States but also worldwide. In 1997, the Supreme Court had a unanimous ruling that there was not a constitutional right or a constitutional ban to PAS. Since then almost every other state have opposed legalization of PAS. There are many terminally ill people that feel assisted suicide should be their choice, not something left to the …show more content…
The most well-known supporter and activist of physician-assisted suicide is Dr. Kevorkian, also known as “Dr. Death” (Jack Kevorkian, n.d.). He said that assisted suicide is “not to help them die. See everyone’s got this backwards. It’s to relieve them of their intolerable and unending suffering. The patient’s wish-see, that’s not my wish. So I’ve got to do what the patients requires. So I always felt that their wish comes first, no matter what” (Did Dr. Jack Kevorkian Ethically Serve the Best Interest of His Patients?, n.d.). If someone has an advanced stage in cancer and every single day, they had to go in for chemotherapy treatments and from those treatments they lost their hair, threw up constantly to the point that they could not anymore. They had to take dozens of pills and pain medications daily to help with the problems, but still even after taking them they do not feel any better and is still in severe pain and the only thing they can do is rest but be in dire agony all the time. Then they even go to the doctor and see if something else can be prescribed to them that is stronger and the physician says that there is nothing out there that is stronger. They start losing their body functions and is unable to walk, dress themselves, bathe and they have to rely on someone taking care of them. Or, their medical insurance does not pay to have the costly

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