Physician Assisted Suicide ( Pas ) Essay

1848 Words Oct 11th, 2016 8 Pages
Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) is an option given to patients that have been diagnosed as terminal and given a timeframe to the end of their lives, anywhere from 3 to 6 months to live. PAS has been a very controversial topic throughout the years and has only within the last 10 years or so become a popular subject. Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a physician and a very avid supporter of PAS, made news year after year when he started to “help” patients end their lives. Kevorkian I do believe felt he was helping his patients. Although he thought he was doing right much of the evidence against him told a different story. “Having helped an estimated 130 terminally or chronically ill individuals kill themselves between 1990 and 1999, Kevorkian sparked a national debate on the ethical issues involved in euthanasia, or mercy killing.” (Gale, encyclopedia) The descriptions and way that Kevorkian has helped his patients end their lives is horrendous and just to imagine that someone wanted to go like that is very hard to believe. In the case of Janet Adkins,
A 45-year-old woman who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative disease of the brain that causes memory loss and intellectual impairment. Adkins had heard through the media about Kevorkian’s invention of a “suicide machine” that allowed individuals who were ill to administer a lethal dose of poison to themselves. The machine, which Kevorkian assembled out of $45 worth of materials, consisted of three dripping bottles that…

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