The Death Of Assisted Suicide Essay

1868 Words Dec 1st, 2015 8 Pages
John Roberts, an Oregon resident, shot his wife Virginia with a gun. Virginia had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and wanted to die. She did not want to go through the process that is mandatory to get suicidal drugs. As a result, she asked her husband to end her life right then and there, and he did. Now the issue at hand is this: should this be considered murder or just an act of love that should be deemed the same as the assisted suicide drug? Assisted suicide, or euthanasia, has been a hot topic around the world as of late. Assisted suicide, while controversial, involves the individual, family members and society as a whole, with moral and ethical implications. Assisted suicide has just started to come to the forefront of the world’s issues, mainly America, but it had to start somewhere. Assisted suicide has been around longer than you would probably think. It has been around since 1995 when Australia’s Northern Territory legalized it. Since 1995, assisted suicide has expanded to six other countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Columbia, Canada, and America. Within America, Oregon, Vermont, and Montana are the only states to have approved it. In the places where it is legal, with the exception of Oregon, assisted suicide is available to anybody even if they are not in pain. In Oregon; however, it is limited to only those who are in major pain, or those with life-threatening diseases as deemed by the doctors (Marker). Continuing on, in the places…

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