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Heaven Or Hell Essay

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Physician-assisted suicide is; suicide by a patient facilitated by means or information (as a drug prescription or indications of the lethal dosage) provided by a physician who is aware of how the patient intends to use such means or information (Merriam-Webster, n.d). For over ten years, there has been much controversy about the ethics and legality of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) not only in the United States but also worldwide. In 1997, the Supreme Court had a unanimous ruling that there was not a constitutional right or a constitutional ban to PAS. Since then almost every other state have opposed legalization of PAS. There are many terminally ill people that feel assisted suicide ...view middle of the document...

Well not everyone feels that way. Just as many people are against it as are for it, not quite a 50/50 split because there is a not sure percentage that factors in. The most well-known supporter and activist of physician-assisted suicide is Dr. Kevorkian, also known as “Dr. Death” (Jack Kevorkian, n.d.). He said that assisted suicide is “not to help them die. See everyone’s got this backwards. It’s to relieve them of their intolerable and unending suffering. The patient’s wish-see, that’s not my wish. So I’ve got to do what the patients requires. So I always felt that their wish comes first, no matter what” (Did Dr. Jack Kevorkian Ethically Serve the Best Interest of His Patients?, n.d.).
If someone has an advanced stage in cancer and every single day, they had to go in for chemotherapy treatments and from those treatments they lost their hair, threw up constantly to the point that they could not anymore. They had to take dozens of pills and pain medications daily to help with the problems, but still even after taking them they do not feel any better and is still in severe pain and the only thing they can do is rest but be in dire agony all the time. Then they even go to the doctor and see if something else can be prescribed to them that is stronger and the physician says that there is nothing out there that is stronger. They start losing their body functions and is unable to walk, dress themselves, bathe and they have to rely on someone taking care of them. Or, their medical insurance does not pay to have the costly treatments that cancer patients have to get done and they cannot even pay for part of them out of pocket let alone the full amount. Then they went back for an evaluation and the prognosis has not improved and they were only given a few months to live. Would someone really want to live the next few months of his or her life in pure agonizing pain because half of society thinks it wrong or does not support assisted suicide?
Secondly, physician-Assisted suicide should not be illegal because it is beneficial to those with a terminal illness. Many people that are in the United States and worldwide have an illness that medications cannot manage the symptoms anymore. Yet there are not many states where assisted-suicide is legalized, only four states is it legal: the states that it is legal in are Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana. The four states that it is legal in you have to be a resident of that state and have to have six months or less yet to live in order to be assisted (State-by-State Guide to Physician-Assisted Suicide, n.d.). The rest it is illegal or they have no clear laws about physician-assisted suicide currently.
Presently there is also an ethics debate on physician-assisted suicide. As with non-assisted suicide people feel that it is just a cry for help or those who seek it out are depressed. Some say that if physician-assisted suicide is legal that would be legalizing murder, or giving doctors the right to...

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