Across the nation and world assisted suicide is an issue that has been gaining attention for several years. With famous cases such as Jack Kevorkian it has become a household term and everyone has an opinion. There are strong cases on both sides, but the bottom line is while it may sound good for the present, it is not for the future. Assisted Suicide should not be legalized in Alabama as the negative outcomes far exceed the positive outcomes in the areas of impact on society, politics and medical education
Assisted suicide is defined as the aiding and abetting in a person’s suicide to relieve them from suffering. It is also known as Euthanasia. Euthanasia or assisted suicide has been going on for probably as long as there has been suffering. It has been brought to the forefront thanks to today’s media presence and cases such as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in which there are case it was found unlawful to assist a person in their own death. Currently, there are a few places where it is legal to assist in suicide as a physician. The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Oregon and Washington in the United States are the only places in the world that have laws legalizing assisted suicide. In a study in the Netherlands, family members ranked their experience with their loved ones through their deaths. This research shows that the deaths resulting from euthanasia compared with those of natural progression of age and illness were not any more positive for anyone involved. This shows that the risk is not worth the possibility of this law going too far.
There are many obvious reasons why a person would want to either kill themselves or have someone else do it for them. Suffering is just what it says it is, suffering. It is as much a part of life as birth and death. There is nothing on Earth that can take that reality away no matter how much we try with our new technologies. However; many seek to end their life to end suffering one way or another. Although there...
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