Death With Dignity Case Study

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The deviant behavior that I chose to write about is Death with Dignity. It is where a person with a terminal illness who wants to end their life with dignity and no pain. They want to be able to choose the day and time of their death and not let the disease define them and take them. There are only four states in the United Sates that have a legal physician assisted suicide and that is Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. There are requirements that has to be meant before you can be considered for the assisted suicide. You have to be 18 years old, a resident of that state, capable of making and communicating your health care decisions on your own, and have to be diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death within six months.…show more content…
A qualitative study” says that Physician-assisted dying refers to the interventions by a doctor that either intentionally assist a patient to die as in giving the patient the lethal means to end their own life at their explicit request a physician-assisted suicide or directly ends a patient’s life.” (Phillipa J Malpas) The University of Aukland Human Participants Ethics community did a study to find a qualitative approach to find a reasons of why older, healthier, individuals who are against the physician-assisted dying at the end of life. The method that they used is a sample selection and they did this by putting an advertisement that was seeking individuals who are against physician-assisted dying, who are the ages 65 years old or older, and lived in the Aukland. Approximately 8900 surveys went out, only 23 individuals responded to them, and out of them only 11 were selected. None of them was offered money for their participating in this study. They did interviews so that way they can get an understanding of the term euthanasia. They found if a person has experienced the dying and death of a loved one has influenced some of the participants in the terms of how their view on physician-assisted dying. The results that they found was that five individuals experienced of a good dying and death strengthen their view that hurrying up the dying process was unnecessary. Eight participants expressed…show more content…
Either it is a physician or they do it on their own they are acting out in a deviant behavior. If you are a physician you should be helping your patient and not ending their lives. When physicians commit this act, then they can be charged with manslaughter or even homicide. The first doctor that was charged for this deviant act was Dr. Jack Kevorkian assisted over 40 of his patients in suicide in the state of Michigan. He was found guilty of second degree murder and served and eight year sentence of a 10-25 year

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