Physician Assisted Suicide

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Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide ( speech)
Euthanasia and Physician assisted suicide is the most controversial issues of the legal and medical profession. Euthanasia (“a good death by Greek definition) is the painless ending of a person’s life for reasons of mercy. Physician assisted suicide is the act in which a physician provides the means for suicide, usually a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs, to someone who is terminally or incurably ill. The patient must take the final action that causes his or her death such as swallowing the drugs . But what about euthanasia constitutes a good death? Is it a good and painless death when the life in someone’s body is squeezed from them due to lethal drugs? Many feel that euthanasia is a great alternative to end the suffering in one’s last day. Other’s feel the euthanasia is a sin, that it directly violates the rights of the patient, as well as their religious beliefs. Yet many feel as I do, that euthanasia if legalized is immoral, unconstitutional, and would harm society. This form is considered homicide in all states excluding Oregon who passed the “Death with Dignity Act” in 1994. ( read Power point presentation) slides 1-8 The Act legalizes physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people under certain conditions, this law required that the Oregon Health Division was to collect information about the patients and physician’s who participate in legal physician assisted suicide and publish an annual –statistical report. Yet on the other hand Washington state as well as many other states passed laws that banned all forms of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide as illegal.

This would entail removing life support, stopping medical procedures, medications, and not performing CPR basically allowing the person to die. This is usually carried out on the terminally ill or those who are in a persistent vegetative state i.e. massive brain damage, as well as those who are in a coma. Many people are in...
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