Euthanasia: The Right to Die Analytical Essay by julie

Euthanasia: The Right to Die
A discussion of Euthanasia and its history as well as the laws related to it.
# 7000 | 1,340 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002
Published on Feb 07, 2003 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Hot Topics (Euthanasia)

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This paper discusses Euthanasia, the right to die; the history and legislation concerning this controversial subject, as well as information on recent public and doctor opinion polls leading to a conclusion of support. It also details several cases and court decisions on this issue and how they have affected the laws on Euthanasia. The issue of active euthanasia, or assisted suicide, turns on whether it would have social consequences that refraining would not, on whether it would be possible to establish procedural safeguards for limited active euthanasia and whether such practices would have a significant adverse effect on the treatment of terminal patients in general.

From the Paper:

"It its September, 1997 issue, the journal Medical Economics reported ("No longer an Option for One AIDS Patient and His Doctor") that the Florida Supreme Court had ruled against physician-assisted suicide in a decision overturning a trial judge's finding, giving AIDS patient Charles E. Hall the right to die as he wished. According to the Florida court, his intention to commit suicide through medical intervention was against the state's policy to preserve life. Several legal issues have been raised regarding the court's decision, involving the fact that it was based upon cases where application of artificial treatment could indefinitely prolong life."

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