Physician Assisted Suicide Controversy

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Through the decades of United States history the philosophy of death by physician has caused uproar of controversy. It all stemmed from the classical historical expression of euthanasia being conducted by physicians and the most recent person to assist patient to their resting point comfortably was Jack Kevorkian, also known as Dr. Death. As time has progressed euthanasia slowly progressed into a physician assisting in death by writing a prescription for a lethal dose of a medication. Today there are currently four states that have legalized death by a physician.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Trouble With Dying
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Appel demonstrates that the original legislation bill, which did not pass in Ohio, was inspired by the campaign for Anna S. Hall, whose mother had died a painful death from cancer in 1906 (Appel, 2004). Throughout the 1906 deliberations in Ohio regarding permitting euthanasia in the U.S., Manning provided further enhancements to an additional bill that generated the awareness of legalizing euthanasia not only directly towards terminally ill adults, but also for “hideously deformed or idiotic children” and again was defeated by the Ohio legislature (Manning, 1998). After 1906, the public’s interest of euthanasia diminished, despite Hall’s efforts; the bill was rejected by the Ohio legislature by a vote of 79 to 23 (Manning, …show more content…
Supreme Court ultimately acknowledged when Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide act passed and acknowledged their provisions, but also wanted to create a mutual understanding of the principal terms being used (Humphry, 2006). Through many legislative debates, the foremost terms that have been consecutively acknowledged are voluntary vs. non-voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. First off, physician-assisted suicide is when the medical doctor is helping a patient towards death by prescribing a lethal overdose (Humphry, 2006). Voluntary euthanasia is death by lethal injection by a medical doctor when requested by the patient, which is illegal in U.S. (Humphry, 2006). Lastly, non-voluntary euthanasia is the use of powerful medications prescribed by the physician to end a life of suffering, to a dying patient who is comatose, which is illegal in the U.S. (Humphry, 2006). Oregon was the first state to pass and authorize the practice of physician-assisted suicide. To accurately depict the lives of patients who have suffered from a chronic illness, we will take a look into the benefits of assisted suicide in patients

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