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Assisted Suicide

Assisted Suicide People are probaly confused at the fact that society approving people to be euthanized. Obviously, if it was stated in a letter to the editor in the Detroit Free Press entitled, “Death, Dignity.” The writer is simply saying it’s okay to end lives. It also states that John Engler, our state government, is supporting two important projects that assist in these suicides. Engler is trying to establish Michigan to be a national leader in death with dignity (Death, Dignity). That doesn’t sound like dying with dignity to me.

I think assisted suicide is wrong and we should take an account that killing yourself isn’t dignified. First of all the writer self-contradicts him/her self. The editorial is stating how wrong Kevorkian was and how crude his methods were for helping people to their deaths (Death, Dignity). But, the writer is clearly stating that what John Engler is trying to promote assisted suicides and that they it’s okay to euthanize someone if the government does it. Michigan has coalition air ads promoting assisted suicides. These ads were paid for by Citizens for Compassionate Care Group of doctors, churches, and disabled rights advocates raised $5 million dollars to have people be assisted to their deaths.

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Gary Pokorny, president of the Grand Rapids-based Hanon McKendry firm that produced the television ads, said the ads would run in all state television markets through Thursday at a cost of $200,000. “We should be thinking about killing the pain, not the patient” (Michigan: Coalition Airs Ads Promoting Assisted Suicide Alternatives, pg.1). That’s an Torvinen 2 abscene amount of money to be wasting on killing someone. Just think of where that money could have been useful at: childcare and regular hospitals, homeless shelters, feeding the hungry, building new homes, etc. Instead it was used to kill someone. How selfish and inhumane that is.

Why don’t they just slit their wrist, which doesn’t cost anything? Next the writer enthocentrized the story. He/she assumes that what methods Kevorkian was using was wrong, but the governments methods are way better. That doesn’t make any sense, Kevorkian was trying to help the terminally ill only. Where as the government wants to use these projects to assist people that are perfectly healthy to their deaths. Finally the writer hasty generalizes the editorial in the second to last paragraph.

“What people mainly want is some assurance of personal control and dignity, freedom from pain and faith that their last wishes will be honored” (Death, Dignity). Is the writer sure that is what people mainly want? How can you have honor and dignity about yourself when your practically committing suicide? Some people do think that killing themselves to relieve their pain is dying with dignity. But what state would legalize assisted suicide? Fortunately there is a few that have legalized assisted suicides. One would be Oregon. They call it Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, which permits doctors to write lethal prescriptions to patients.

United States Attorney General Janet Reno told reporters that the Oregon law does not violate the civil rights of terminally-ill patients who want to die. “I think the federal government has got to continue to make sure that Torvinen 3 (the Oregon law) is not used in a way that would deprive somebody of their civil rights or create situations such as that” (Oregonian, 6/12/98, pg.2). Reno also added there was a risk of abuse. So you see, people should realize that committing suicide is a hanis crime, even if they are ill. Dying in someone elses hands besides your own isn’t justifyable.

Imam Abdullah Bey El-Amin of the Muslim Center of Detroit said: “You didn’t give the life. Therefore, you have no right to take it away” (Michigan Campaign Against Assisted Suicide, pg.2). It couldn’t have been said any better. People don’t realize that assisted suicide is morally wrong and crude way to end a life. It’s really not much different then committing a murder, so why put the killers away? When it is your time to go it’s your time to go. God put your on this earth and he can take you out of this earth if you let him.

If you can be strong and let nature take its course then you could say that’s dying with dignity. Work Cited Reno, Janet. “International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force.” (1998): Volume 12, Number 2*http://www.iaetf.org/iual13.htm Michigan Campaign Against Assisted Suicide: 2000*http://www.euthanasia.com/pb.html Katrina Hedberg. “Oregon Department of Humane Services.” Sept. 2000*http://www.ohd.hr.state.or.us/news/1999/0217p as.hml Social Issues.

Assisted Suicide

Assisted Suicide Questions concerning the right to end one’s life have long generated storms of controversy. These questions, involving intensely personal views on issues no less profound than the meaning of life and liberty, are unlikely to disappear any time soon. The conservative nature of the medical profession, and the organized opposition of the “right to life” movement, along with disagreement among disabilities rights organizations, perpetuate the controversy. The heat from the debate in turn only intensifies the difficult choices people with end-stage AIDS, and their loved ones, may face when life is overwhelmed by irreversible illness and unrelenting pain. In this essay I am going to discuss what I have learned about assisted suicide, give my opinion on the issue, and back it up with a few approaches I have learned.

When we speak of assisted suicide, there are several definitions to describe it. First of all there is Physician-Assisted suicide. This means that a qualified medical practitioner in fulfilling the wishes of a competent, terminally ill patient to end his/her own life, usually by means of lethal injections. Next there is Euthanasia. This is the act of mercifully ending the life of a hopelessly suffering patient.

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The difference between the two: during euthanasia, when death itself occurs, it’s carried out by the doctor; in doctor assisted suicides, the patient fulfills the final step of terminating his/her own life. One of the most well known practitioners of Assisted suicide would be Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He uses the method of lethal injection, in which the patient releases the solution into the body. Although assisted suicide is not a common practice in the United States, I have found one place in which it is almost an everyday practice.

Switzerland uses a program called EXIT. EXIT is a program in which requests for assisted suicide are processed. The cases are reviewed on an individual basis and are thoroughly investigated for other means of the request. Swiss laws stipulate that persons who assist a suicide do so for humane reasons with no chance for personal gain. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age, a Swiss resident, mentally competent and suffering from intolerable health problems.

He or she must personally apply for the service and convince EXIT that there is no coercion or third party influence involved in the decision. Each suicide is performed with the swallowing of two DramamineQ tablets (which induces a deep sleep), and then is followed up by a lethal dosage of sodium pentobarbitone. After death the proper authorities are notified and a investigation is performed. They only investigate because it is considered an exceptional death. Then everything is taken care of, the funeral, etc.

I guess, in my opinion I would agree with the issue. I think that if a person is severely ill, without cure, and knows that there isn’t much time left anyway, that they have the right to end their own life. Who would want to spend the next few years bed ridden and in constant suffering? The only thing you are accomplishing is costing people, your family members specifically, money, sometimes in large amounts. No health care is cheap, especially if there is no cure. Assisted suicide is a touchy issue.

Not everyone has the same opinion about it. Who would? But you have to look at it from both sides to truly understand it. Yes, you are ending the persons suffering, but on the other hand you are also ending their life. What if a miracle cure was discovered only weeks after the procedure? Yes, you are saving the family from expensive treatments in the future that will only prolong the patient’s suffering, but on the other hand there is always that chance of survival and cure. There are just so many possibilities, in the end it comes down to personal preference. As read in chapter 4 of our textbook, it describes different approaches to reasoning. I have found a couple that I feel will back my opinion on assisted suicide.

First of all there is the Egoism approach. This emphasizes the aim of always acting for perceived self-interest, usually in the long-term, even at the expense of the well being of others. When a person contemplates suicide, they are acting in self-interest. They feel it is the best thing for them to do at the time. They do not care about what the effect will be on their loved ones or friends, all they see is that suicide is a way out of their long-term suffering, and in a way they are right for thinking that. Sometimes we have to let go of the ones we love, even though we do not want them to go, it is in their best interest that they do not suffer.

Next there is the Virtue-Ethics approach. This emphasizes the aim of excellence by doing the right thing as a result of focusing on certain character values. When a person is suffering, all they can think about is ending the pain. At most times that is the only thing on their mind. They focus on their character values and determine whether or not that suicide is the right thing. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t.

Do they want the pain to end? Yes, they do. Do they want their family to suffer from overwhelming debt? No, they don’t. Do they want their family to suffer from their loss? No, they don’t. In the end, the patient will determine the right thing to do. In conclusion I feel that this issue will continue to go on as controversial.

There will never be an end to it. But the need for ended suffering will go on. The need for better health care will go on. No matter what happens there will always be someone who will object to the procedure. But when you think about it, which is the most humane? The person saying it is wrong to end a life? Or would it be the person suffering who wants to die in dignity? All in all, it is up to the person to make their own opinion on the situation. Bibliography http://pages.prodigy.com/doctorinforum/suicide.htm “Doctor assisted suicide – a bad oxymoron and a bad idea” Stephen R.

Katz, M.D. April 27, 1998 http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/euthanasia-volun tary/ “Voluntary Euthanasia” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy August 15, 1996 http://www.finalexit.org/swissframe.html “The Practice of Assisted Suicide in Switzerland” Professor Meinrad Schaer, M.D. November 7, 1999 Medicine Essays.

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