The Ethicality Of Assisted Suicide

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| Assisted Suicide | [Type the document subtitle] | | This paper will discuss my article findings dealing with assisted suicide | | Jessica Hairston | 11/10/2011 | | Assisted suicide has always been a highly debated ethical issue that many are confused about and don’t know what it is really about. Assisted suicide is stated to be “physician-assisted suicide (dying) , doctor-assisted dying (suicide), and more loosely termed mercy killing, basically means to take a deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable (persistent, unstoppable) suffering. Some interpret euthanasia as the practice of ending a life in a painless manner. Many disagree with this interpretation, because it needs…show more content…
The point is how you determine if the person’s life is worth taking, and how and who should make the decision. The main problem with this is you cannot measure suffering unless you experience the same suffering. Many religions play a role with this topic also because the gift of life is said to be given by God. Many religions view our life and bodies as holy and assisted suicide would result in the destruction of both. With the research that I conducted I am for assisted suicide. Both sides on the argument bring out many key valid points and have strengths and weaknesses. In 1997, Oregon passed the Death with Dignity Act. This act legalized physician assisted suicide. Oregon was concerned that “assisted suicide would be forced on the poor, uneducated, or uninsured patients.” (NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE) The first year after the act went into effect fifteen died from lethal…show more content…
Do you believe that some people may have a problem with temptation and the enjoyment in exercising power over others? I would agree with this statement because many people who care for those with some sort of illness may try to control them when it comes to another part of their life; so I am sure that they will use the power to choice between assisted suicide or not. Allowing assisted suicide could put a patient that knows the end is near and wants to leave this world in a peaceful manner. I know that I am for assisted suicide but I do not think that assisted suicide should be given to an elderly person or anyone who feels like they are a burden on someone. We have society to blame for that, because that is all the world portrays. I believe that assisted suicide should be given to someone who is on their death bed and wants to leave this earth on their own terms. If assisted suicide becomes permissible in the near future, their needs to be a clear cut guidelines and a narrow

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