Jack Kavorkian Assisted Suicide Case Study

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Jack “Dr. Death” Kavorkian spent 8 years in prison for second-degree manslaughter because he administered a lethal injection to Thomas Youk, 52, an adult male with full mental capacity who was in the final stages of ALS. Thomas Youk contacted Dr. Kavorkian for help in ending his life. He was living with an incurable disease, in extreme pain, and wanted to die. Today, euthanasia is legal in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Washington state, and Oregon. An exploration into the reasons for making it legal will help the reader understand why this very personal decision should be a choice, incurring no legal ramifications for anyone involved with the service. Public policy and the law must change to allow doctors, relatives, and loved ones to directly and intentionally help end another person’s life, should the patient deem it necessary. There are several reasons a person may want to end their life: extreme unbearable suffering with no prospect of improvement, liberation from a low quality of life, and an exhaustion of the use of palliative care. It is up to the individual country or state to define these parameters, and in all of these countries, medically assisted suicide is illegal and prosecutable by law. Prosecution is unlikely if the doctor complies with a strict set of guidelines. Alternatives to…show more content…
There is a fine line with regard to the status of a patient’s health, the patient’s state of mind, and the exhaustion of alternative means for pain regulation. For decades, our country has debated good death and its implementation, surely it will be discussed at length for decades to come. History conveys the outcome of previous decisions, both good and bad. Hopefully, others will not suffer in vain while waiting for reasonable decisions and legislature to come
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