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Physician Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia Are Murder

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Euthanasia is Murder

 
     On June 4, 1990, Janet Adkins committed suicide. She killed herself under the supervision of a man named Jack Kevorkian. Again and again, Kevorkian set up machines and killed patients that were supposedly terminally ill. He escaped punishment for years, but on March 26, 1999, Kevorkian was incarcerated for second-degree murder. (Online,99) He had developed many friends and many enemies. One of his followers was a woman who had developed coronary artery disease. Her name was Donna White. She thought about suicide often, especially when her pain was incredibly intense. Help found her before euthanasia did. A hospice care facility heard about her plot to commit suicide, and they found help for her. They provided therapy for her suicidal thoughts and severe depression, and they also provided her with the medication to keep her pain free. She no longer follows Kevorkian's ideals and is against him instead. (Shapiro and Bowermaster, 94) Over 52 patients were killed in "Dr." Kevorkian's presence. (Online, 99) What if they could have found the help that they needed?

 

Euthanasia is ending one's life if one has a terminal disease is an incurable condition, and is done by a lethal injection. Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide began in ancient Rome and Greece. They believed that it was okay in certain situations to allow a person to die or to help a person die. This was often the case with the elderly in these cultures. Certain religions are against euthanasia. The Christian, Jew, and Islamic religions all cling to the fact that life is sacred and should not be taken away. In some cultures, helping someone to die is the same thing as homicide, and is treated so in a court of law. (Encarta, 98)

 

Passive euthanasia, or negative euthanasia, is where a doctor or another person does nothing to prevent death, therefore allowing the person to die. Passive euthanasia is not always wrong. It is allowing a person's body to take a natural course of death. Active euthanasia, or positive euthanasia, is when a doctor or another person takes direct action to cause death. (Grolier, 98) Active euthanasia is extremely wrong. It is murder and should not be allowed.

 

Assisted suicide and active euthanasia is not natural and is extremely unethical. Often times, the effects of painful diseases or severe depression are the cause of suicidal thoughts that result in euthanasia. Jonathan Gould and Lord Craigmyle, authors of Your Death Warrant?, put the suffering of pain in perspective. They say, "Pain and suffering are inescapable at times in life, and sometimes attend its end" but "Pain, it is to be remembered. . . Generally pain can be considered natural and wholesome although unpleasant." There are ways to take away the pain that accompanies deaths. There are so many more choices than poisoning the body unto death. In fact, "medical killing of sick persons would create far more distress, suffering and pain, directly and...

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