Physician-Assisted Suicide Essay

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Bailey McGill Mrs. McIntosh English 047 (7) Research Paper 11 January 2012 Physician-Assisted Suicide Physician-assisted suicide is a highly debated topic in today’s society. The ethics, the legalities, and the decision whether or not it should be are the main problem places. Physician-assisted suicide can occur when a physician provides a terminally ill patient with a lethal dosage of medication in order for the patient or a third party to end the patient’s life. The debate grows stronger when people question whether the physician should be allowed to provide the patient with these lethal medications. However, there are many pros and cons to each side of the argument. Physician-assisted suicide is unethical based on the Hippocratic Oath, but is ethical based on the patient’s views – which sometimes outweigh the morals of a physician. Physician-assisted suicide first became an issue when our society decided that it was neither moral nor ethical for a physician to help end a terminally ill patient’s life. According to Katie Pickert, Dr. Jack Kevorkian brought lots of attention to the topic during the “epic assisted suicide battle of the 1990s” (1). People who argue with Kevorkian for physician-assisted suicide feel that by helping a patient end his or her life peacefully is helpful to family and friends. Joe Masserli points out main arguments for and against assisted suicide in his political assessment of the subject. He argues equally for and against the topic, which points out many things that go unnoticed by those with bold opinions on assisted suicide. Masserli points out the amount of pain that a patient can be spared from, the fundamental freedom of the right to die, the Death with Dignity Act in Oregon, the reduction of healthcare costs, the freeing of doctor and nurse time, the pain and anguish that a patient’s family can be saved from, the

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