Euthanasia/Physician Assisted Suicide Should Not be Legalized

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I. Introduction An admired man, loved and respected by his family, was burdened with a life or death situation; his. At the age of 72, this man was diagnosed with cancer and being middle class, the costs of treatment seemed more painful than the cancer itself. He was distressed with the thought of putting his family through financial hardships. Living in Oregon, with the Measure 16 law just passing for the legalizing of euthanasia, he felt he had no other choice. Knowing his family would disagree, he decided to ask for his doctors’ advice. The doctor knowing he would receive a cash bonus and be financially better off if he did not provide patient care advised the modest man to be euthanized. He took his doctors advice and there was…show more content…
Unfortunately being aided by a doctor in committing suicide will expand for many groups who just passed that line. Holland is just one blind victim of euthanasia. After thorough study, Gregory Koukl, host of “Euthanasia, Rights and Metaphysics” states that after twenty years of legalized euthanasia by Doctors, “One in five people in Holland are euthanized. 11.3%, more than one in ten, of the total number of deaths in that country, every single year (14,691 according to the Dutch government…) is cases of involuntary euthanasia.” (Koukl) Over time the guidelines to whether one should be aided in suicide for whatever motive would diminish and be redefined; sad, but evidently that is how it starts. Reason 2: Physician Assisted Suicide violates the Hippocratic Oath Physicians are taught to be responsible and loyal to their patients, which is why they swear on the Hippocratic Oath. The National Institutes of Health’s History of Medicine Division provided a description about the Hippocratic Oath as “...perhaps the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to
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