Medical Assistance or License to Kill: Uncovering the Controversy of Physician Assisted Suicide

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Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter with opposing opinions or different point of views. Environmental protections, animal rights, medical marijuana, and gay marriage are all controversial issues that are well known throughout the media today. There are a few controversial matters that are not a top priority, and are pushed to the back of the media until need be. Physician assisted suicide is one these matters. Just as the name says, physician assisted suicide is the aiding in a patients wish to move along the process of death through suicide where the assistant is a physician. This process is only legal in three states, and is just recently rising up and becoming a bigger issue in other …show more content…
Having the worst possible luck, Baxter died on December 5, 2008, at nearly the same hour that the First District Judicial Court of Lewis and Clark County upheld the right for the dying to seek help ending their lives from their doctors (James, 2009). Although Baxter was unable to see how things turned out, he would have been happy with the outcome.
Physician assisted suicide has a wide support from the general population, but the doctors providing the care for the dying could be just as supportive or have a much different opinion on this matter, seeing that they take an oath to first do no harm. Dr. Kevorkian is one of many firm supporters of physician assisted suicide and the “right to die” legislation. Although this practice was illegal, Kevorkian admitted that he had performed this medical procedure on at least 130 patients using all sorts of different methods. He was such a firm believer that he was charged with murder several times throughout the 1990s for assisting patients with suicide and was later convicted of second-degree murder and spent eight years in prison. Kevorkian later stated, "I didn't do it to end a life. I did it to end the suffering the patient's going through. The patient's obviously suffering - what's a doctor supposed to do, turn his back (Miller, 2013)?”
Taking a turn in the opposite direction, the nation’s two…

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