The Legal And Ethical Debate Of Assisted Suicide Essay

785 Words Nov 14th, 2015 4 Pages
So what exactly is considered a Physician-Assisted suicide? Physician-Assisted suicide, is a suicide where the physician provides the necessary means of information and the patient performs the act, and euthanasia is defined as “ the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy, or simply described as a “ mercy killing”. (Back et al) The debate about the legalization of the law and of the steps to intentionally take one 's life to end suffering remains a controversial topic. However, I do believe there are several basic conclusions that can be argued both for and against PAS and euthanasia, that could outweigh the continuously controversial banning of the practices. The legal and ethical debate was first brought to the limelight back in October 27, 1997 when physician-assisted suicide became a legal option for the terminally ill Oregonians. The Death with Dignity Act allows terminally ill Oregon residents to obtain information and the use of prescriptions for self-administered, lethal medications but, specifically prohibits euthanasia. (Oregon Death with Dignity Act, Oregon Revised Statute 127.800-127.897.) Since the law took effect in Oregon, 1,327 people through 2014 received prescriptions and 859 died after ingesting life-ending drugs, according to the Oregon Public Health Division. Of those, 589 were at least 65 years old and 668 had cancer. Most, 810, died at home.
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