Is The Amendment Number 9 Assisted Suicide?

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The specific Amendment and issue I am discussing is Amendment Number 9 Assisted Suicide. Assisted suicide is “the suicide of a patient suffering from an incurable disease, affected by the taking of lethal drugs provided by a doctor for this purpose” (Oxford Living Dictionaries). This falls under the 9th Amendment; the 9th Amendment “was part of the Bill of Rights that was added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791. It says that all the rights not listed in the Constitution belong to the people, not the government. The rights of the people are not limited to just the rights listed in the constitution. The text from the Constitution states the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or…show more content…
Two main points of controversy about this are religious beliefs and medical ethics. Many people feel when the law allows someone who is competent and terminally ill the choice of assisted suicide, they are setting up the choice for people who are not competent to just assume they want to die. For example, a 24-year-old woman in Belgium was experiencing depression and was granted the right to die when experiencing no life-threatening illness. The doctor in this example sates, “she has been a patient of psychiatric institution since the age of 21 and says she previously tried to kill herself on several occasions. The health professionals in Belgium will give her a lethal injection due to her experiencing suicidal thoughts her whole life” (MSN News). In this case as the professional doctor, you could be unsure what to do. Clearly the 24-year-old woman is facing pain through the depression. If the medical personal does not do what she wishes by forcing the lethal injection then I am sure she will just kill herself. “Belgium passed a law to legalize euthanasia in 2002, the law states that Belgian doctors can help patients to end their lives if they freely express a wish to die because they are suffering from intractable and unbearable pain” (MSN News). The Medical ethics on Assisted Suicide could be viewed as the doctor helping their patient by avoiding all the pain and suffering vs. trying to make a
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