Public Assisted Suicide
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This paper discusses public assisted suicide and the many pros and cons that have been debated with regard to this topic. The writer provides a definition of suicide and gives examples of situations which have confronted doctors with the necessity of taking a stance on this subject. Pointing out that so far legislature allowing assisted suicide has only been passed in one state, Oregon, so far, the writer lists several questions that must be asked if a determination concerning legal physician assisted suicide is to be allowed, and looks at a number of arguments on either side. The paper concludes that the debate is far from over and there are no definitive answers yet.
From the Paper:"Does an individual with a mental disorder such as depression have the right to ask the physician to give him/her enough medication to overdose because they may be cycling through a period of severe depression? This individual with medication would want to choose to live, but on a bad day or month the physician can help them terminate his/her life? Is this right? Does not society have a right to place a value on the life of this person or does it depend upon the consent of a person who is ill?
"Elderly people often have days that they feel depressed or hopeless. They may have cancer or some fatal illness, but many of these individuals would choose to live as long as they could to stay alive with their family. Perhaps on a day that they are feeling "down" and "angry" with life, they ask the physician to give them medication to end his/her life. Is this right to help assist with suicide that might be some unclear thinking on the part of the individual? If this is viewed in light of those who are medically dependent, elderly, and people with disabilities, do these individuals have the same right to die by the hand of a medical professional, family member, or friend?"
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