Where do the people stand
By Melinda Ziesman
The pros and cons of euthanasia/ assisted suicide and my own opinion
Should the use of euthanasia or physician- assisted suicide be legal? "The right of a competent, terminally ill person to avoid excruciating pain and embrace a timely and dignified death bears the sanction of history and is implicit in the concept of ordered liberty. The exercise of this right is as central to personal autonomy and bodily integrity as rights safeguarded by this Court's decisions relating to marriage, family relationships, procreation, contraception, child rearing and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment. In particular, this Court's recent decisions concerning the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to abortion instruct that a mentally competent, terminally ill person has a protected liberty interest in choosing to end intolerable suffering by bringing about his or her own death. I have to agree with this statement from ACIU (American Civil Liberties Union). There is a lot of controversy when it comes to this topic; it is amazing how people could have such different perspectives on assisted suicide. Proponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide contend that terminally ill people should have the right to end their suffering with a quick, dignified, and compassionate death. For years doctors have been prohibited to helping patients end their life. Most of us remember Dr. Jack Kevorkian he was known throughout the world for assisting in 130 suicides illegally from 1990 to 1998. In the 1980’s Jack wrote articles for a German journal called Medicine and Law this is where his thinking started about poor ethics in euthanasia. Dr. Kevorkian used two different kinds of machines that he had made himself, the first one was called Thanatron (The death machine) this machine uses an IV and the patient would push a button and it would release the drugs to end their life. The second one was called the Mercitron also known as the (Mercy machine) this device was a mask that the patient would put on and it would release carbon monoxide to end their life. Jack Kevorkian was in and out of court but wasn’t really convicted of anything until the year 1999, when he was found guilty of second-degree homicide. Kevorkian was sentenced to a 10-25 year prison sentence. Many of the families thank him for his gratitude. After he was released he has been to many Universities speaking about many different topics. He was also interviewed by many TV stations, CNN being one of them. Anderson Cooper asked, “You are saying doctors play God all the time?” Kevorkian replied “Of course. Anytime you interfere with a natural process, you are playing God.” If you want to know more about Dr. Kevorkian and his assisted suicides there is a good movie called “You Don’t Know Jack” Directed by Barry Levinson that gives fine example of what his patents were like and what he was willing to go through to help people end the suffering. Here are some opinion polls that have been taken different times and different places. May 08 2006 There was the gallop pole in which 1,002 Adults were asked these two questions, “When a person has a disease that can’t be cured, do you think that doctors should be allowed by law end a patient’s life by some painless means if patient and family request it? The results were, 69% said yes, 27% said no, and 4% said maybe. The second question that they asked was, when a person has a disease that can’t be cured, and living with severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patients request it? 64% people said that they should be able too, 36% said shouldn’t, and 5% said unsure. Most of the surveys that were done more people were more in favor of letting a...
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