The Debate on Whether Assisted Suicide is Ethical or Immoral
Assisted Suicide, also known as mercy killing, occurs when a physician provides the means (drugs or other agents) by which a person can take his or her own life. This assistance is one of the most debated issues today in society followed by abortion. Physicians are frequently faced with the question of whether or not assisted suicide is ethical or immoral. Although assisted suicide is currently illegal in almost all states in America, it is still often committed. Is assisted suicide ethical? Studies have found that the majority of Americans support assisted suicide. One must weigh both sides of the argument before they can decide. On July 26, 1997, the U.S. Supreme …show more content…
What makes assisted suicide legal in Oregon? Is it fair that individuals in Oregon are allowed to end their suffering painlessly? Unfortunately, numerous people throughout America have terminal illnesses that cause tremendous personal suffering. These people do not want to continue living, they are aware that their health will not improve and the pain will not come to an end so in turn they want to end their lives peacefully and painlessly. These people feel as if they have no control over their pain and disease and they wish to gain control over their lives by ending them.
One notorious individual who took the law into his own hands and is known for his frequent involvement in assisted suicide is the former Dr. Jack Kevorkian (he has lost his right to practice). Kevorkian also known as “Dr. Death” by many has been linked to over 120-assisted suicide cases, many of which occurred by use of a death machine he invented in his infamous white van. His patients’ personal profiles vary tremendously, however all the patients have one thing in common, a terminal illness and unbearable pain that had no hope of getting better. His patients’ age ranged from 21 to 89 years