Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal

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In the article “Why Doctors Must Not be Complicit in Killing Their Patients,” published in Ethics and Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics Dr. C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., discusses the ethics of physician-assisted suicide. In the process of physician-assisted suicide, a doctor purposefully provides a terminally ill patient with the means to take their own life. This is often confused with active euthanasia; however, they are not the same thing. In euthanasia, the doctor administers the lethal drug to the patient, but in physician-assisted suicide, the patient must take the lethal drugs themselves. There is much debate over physician-assisted suicide today. Some people believe physician-assisted suicide should be illegal because…show more content…
He then shows how these quotes are significant to his argument by relating them back to the point he is making. However, when stating statistics, he does not give a source; he either uses the vague phrase, “the evidence shows,” leaving the reader to wonder what evidence he is referring to or does not provide a source at all. Also, while Mitchell does acknowledge the arguments from proponents of assisted suicide, there is still some slight bias in his article. He mainly focuses on the effects that assisted suicide will have on medical professionals and what they should do to relieve patient suffering, while not taking into consideration what the patient may want or feel.
Mitchell’s article follows a logical organization pattern. He begins by presenting the arguments of the other side, offers his refutations, and ends by discussing what healthcare providers can do instead of assisted suicide. However, there are a few minor flaws in his arguments. Firstly, he uses the terms assisted suicide and euthanasia interchangeably, leading the reader to believe that they are the same thing when, in fact, there is a difference. Also, his inclusion of the etymological origin of the word patient does not do anything to strengthen his argument, as the origin of the word means nothing to its use today or the context of the argument. Finally, Mitchell presents the legalization of
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