Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide Case Study

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A difficult question facing society today is the legalization of euthanasia, another word for mercy killing. Euthanasia is a method of causing death painlessly to end suffering. People who are in a coma because of accidents and elderly people who are terminally because of incurable diseases are being kept alive by artificial means. They have no chance to recover, but American laws do not allow doctors to end their lives. Although many people feel that doctors must do everything possible to keep their patient alive. In this paper I am going to explain the different legal aspects of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. There are two sides to this controversy, and their basic ideas are of the following: terminally ill patients should…show more content…
In March 1999, he was convicted of second-degree murder and the delivery of a controlled substance for assisting in the death of a terminally ill patient. He was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.” (Fordham University School of Law, 2013). “However, despite Dr. Kevorkian s prison sentence, last October, the U.S. House of Representatives passed "The Pain Relief Promotion Act," “Chilling repercussions are likely to result from the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999, a bill passed by the House of Representatives and now being considered by the Senate. In essence, it is a simple piece of legislation with two major provisions. The first essentially nullifies patients' rights to physician-assisted suicide under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act. It does this by declaring that assisted suicide and euthanasia are not legitimate medical uses of federally controlled drugs and that practitioners who prescribe for these uses are subject to the criminal penalties of the 1970 Controlled Substance Act. The second recognizes the concept of “double effect”—that is, allowing actions with unintended adverse outcomes, if that action is the only way to bring about a more desirable outcome. The application here is the unintended (but acceptable) hastening of death through the use of pain medication, if that is the only way to relieve the suffering of a dying patient.” (US…show more content…
It is unsuccessful. - In 1935, the World s first euthanasia society is founded in London. - In 1973 American Hospital Association creates a Patient Bill of Rights, which includes informed consent and the right to refuse treatment. - 1980 World Federation of Right to Die Societies is formed in Oxford, England. It is made up of 27 groups from 18 nations. - In 1984 The Netherlands Supreme Court approves voluntary euthanasia under certain conditions. In present time, euthanasia is currently legal in this country. - In 1994 The California Bar approves physician-assisted suicide. With an 85 percent majority and no active opposition, the Conference of Delegates says physicians should be allowed to prescribe medication to terminally ill, competent adults for self-administration in order to hasten death. - In 1996 The Northern Territory of Australia passes voluntary euthanasia law. Nine months later the Federal Parliament quashes it. - In 1996 A Michigan jury acquits Dr. Kevorkian of violating a state law banning assisted suicides. - In 1998 Dr. Kevorkian assists the suicide of his 92nd patient in eight years. His home state, Michigan, passes new law

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