The Issue Of Euthanasia Or Physician Assisted Suicide Essay example

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The subject of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is a controversial one. Should the decision of whether to end one’s suffering be that of patient autonomy or a matter of the state? Euthanasia is “the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit.” (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, 2015) There are two types of euthanasia, active euthanasia is performed by an action, like a lethal injection, and passive euthanasia is done by omission, like withholding or withdrawing life support. When an individual goes to a health care professional to assist them to end their life it is considered physician assisted suicide.
When one thinks about euthanasia the thought of a retired pathologist from Michigan may come to mind. Between the years of 1990 and 1998, he has taken credit for helping up to one-hundred-thirty terminally ill individuals to end their suffering. Born on May 26, 1928, the second of three children born to Armenian immigrants, Jack Kevorkian became known as “doctor death.” (Wikipedia, 2016) Jack Kevorkian assisted terminally ill individuals to end their life with a euthanasia device, called the “Thanatron”. When the individual pushed a button a toxic medication or chemical was released into their bloodstream effectively killing them. Another device individuals were euthanatized with was the “Mercitron”, a gas mask fed by a canister of carbon monoxide.…

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