Kevin Heart 4-3-12 English-110
Murder is the unlawful killing of another human being with malice afterthought, and generally this state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter). As the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim, as well as the fact that the commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society, most societies both present and in antiquity have considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In most countries, a person convicted of murder is typically given a long prison sentence, possibly a life sentence where permitted, and in some countries, the death penalty may be imposed for such an act though this practice is becoming rarer. A person who commits murder is called a murderer. Now, my question is, “Is death by assistance different than murder?” In my opinion, no. Administering a drug to help bring on death to a terminally ill human being, is no different than using a single shot from a gun to end their life. That is with the only gross difference being that it is less messy. It is not humane or professional for doctors to convince us to commit drug induced suicide regardless of the state of health without family consent. It is, however, human nature to allow time and whatever or whoever each individual person believes in of higher strength, to take over and determine a person lasts breath. If assisted death was legal or humane, what determines the proper time? If a person is diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and is given 4 months to live, who gains the title of determining when drugs should be administered? Let’s say that one person does not want their family to suffer, so he takes care of what he has to and 2 weeks into his death...
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