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Assisted Suicide

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Richard M. Conner is a middle-aged man, working his nine to five job on a habitual routine. He slowly moves through the motions of his daily life, unhappy with every aspect. Richard struggles with chronic depression, he has attempted to take his life numerous times. After developing a discomfort in the pelvic area, Richard scheduled a doctor’s visit. It was during this visit that Richard discovered he had prostate cancer, which had already begun to metastasize. Richard began to deteriorate quickly. After being hospitalized, and unable to deal with the pain and inevitable death, Richard asks to die, and explores his options. Active, passive, non-voluntary, voluntary and indirect euthanasia are all forms of assisted suicide. When it comes to American ethics and values, taking a life is wrong. The act of assisted suicide, in the end, will take a life. Therefore, assisted suicide should be viewed as morally and ethically wrong. Assisted suicide, by definition, is someone “making the means of death available, but does not act as the direct agent of death.” (RPS 1) Providing one with a weapon or drug, while knowing their intentions, is an example. Euthanasia has a direct tie to assisted suicide, as it is the means of ending a life to relieve suffering and pain. (Dic. 1) As previously stated, there are a number of euthanasia types. Active euthanasia is where a person intentionally causes the death. Passive euthanasia is where medical professionals do not give the patient the required treatment to keep them alive, or stop one that is keeping them alive. Similar to passive euthanasia, indirect euthanasia is where a treatment to alleviate pain causes one to die sooner. Lastly is voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia i... ... middle of paper ... ...e News Network, 14 June 2010. Web. 30 May 2014. . The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments. Trenton: I. Collins, 1791. Print. OHA "Annual Reports." Annual Reports. Oregon Health Authority, 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 29 May 2014. . "Oregon Revised Statute." Oregon Revised Statute. N.p., 2013. Web. 01 June 2014. . RPS "Retired ANA Position Statement: Assisted Suicide." Retired ANA Position Statement: Assisted Suicide. American Nurses Association, n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. .
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