Dr. Kevorkian, Mudering in the Name of Mercy Essays
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Imagine that you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness such as cancer and given six months to live. The remainder of your life will be spent in a hospital undergoing treatment and suffering from unbearable pain. Do you want to die or do you want to live the rest of your life in agony? The controversial issue of doctor assisted suicide is followed by a big question. Should states legalize doctor assisted suicide? Physician assisted suicide gives the right for physicians to administer to certain patients lethal doses of drugs with the intention of ending a patients life (Coburn 266). My research for this argument was based on Jack Kervorkian, better known as "doctor death." He has admitted helping more than 130 people end their…show more content…
Later, the doctor advocated surgical experimentation of live death row prisoners and suggested they be allowed to auction off their internal organs (Fumento). He also suggested that anyone sentenced to more than three years in prison be given the option of assisted suicide (Euthanasia). The first suicide that Kevorkian was involved in was the 1990 death of Jane Adkins, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She died in Dr. Kevorkian's rusty Volkswagen van in Michigan. Dr. Death built a suicide machine by using $30 worth of scrap parts from garage sales and hardware stores (BBC News Online Network). He's the sickest American cult figure since Charles Manson. Kevorkian has killed eight times as many people as the mass murderer and until recently he was walking around, free to kill again (Fumento).
At this point, we need to ask ourselves if we are ready to accept Doctor Death's philosophy on dying or treat human life as sacred. According to Dr. Kevorkian, euthanasia is a general term that should apply to any case in which a person helps another person die mercifully. "Medicide" is a term that Kevorkian made up for the ending of patients lives by trained professionals. These professionals would be trained in the art of medicide so that such actions could be done in a organized, regulated manner in a suicide centers that he calls "obitiatries"(Haung).
I agree that people with terminal illnesses should be treated in an organized, regulated manner, not