Essay on Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Physician-assisted suicide should be a legal option, if requested, for terminally ill patients. For decades the question has been asked and a clear answer has yet to surface. It was formed out of a profound commitment to the idea that personal end-of-life decisions should be made solely between a patient and a physician. Can someone's life be put into an answer? Shouldn't someone's decision in life be just that; their decision? When someone has suffered from a car accident, or battled long enough from cancer, shouldn't the option be available? Assisted suicide shouldn't be seen as cheating death, but as a way to pay homage to the life once lived. As far as including the mentally challenged in this equation, I am against it. The mentally …show more content…
Even so approximately 200,000 to 250,000 mentally ill patients died unwilling. In most cases families were not contacted and received false notice from a letter sent through the mail. Before this worldwide ordeal, the Romans and Ancient Greeks supported voluntary euthanasia since the 1800s. America government was no big fan of the assisted suicide. It wasn't until the early 1900s that a public survey was released showing that more than half of the Americas were in favor of assisted suicide. This survey exploded great debates in courts, institutions, medical journals, etc.
Jack Kevorkian was known widely throughout America for his many assisted suicides. Numerous times Kevorkian was tried for his participation, but the public support helped him escape (prolong) his chances in jail. It wasn't until 1999 that Kevorkian was convicted to a 10-25 sentence in jail for first degree murder of Thomas Youk. Thomas Youk suffered a severe disability and like many of Kevorkian's patient he wanted to die. With the support from Youk's family, Kevorkian followed through with his word, injecting a death substance. This ordeal was recorded and later broadcasted on CBS 20/20. Some would argue that it was modern propaganda. I would agree with this. The death caught on camera showed a pain-free way to die, almost becoming desirable to those who watched (since nobody wants a painful death). Kevorkian…

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