Medical Assistance or License to Kill: Uncovering the Controversy of Physician Assisted Suicide

explanatory Essay
936 words
936 words

Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter with opposing opinions or different point of views. Environmental protections, animal rights, medical marijuana, and gay marriage are all controversial issues that are well known throughout the media today. There are a few controversial matters that are not a top priority, and are pushed to the back of the media until need be. Physician assisted suicide is one these matters. Just as the name says, physician assisted suicide is the aiding in a patients wish to move along the process of death through suicide where the assistant is a physician. This process is only legal in three states, and is just recently rising up and becoming a bigger issue in other states. Physician assisted suicide is a way to relieve patients of their suffering, yet doctors are under an oath that entitles them to neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor make a suggestion to this effect, and the families that they are leaving may act in a different way than expected. Being a terminally ill patient and suffering from lymphocytic leukemia, one Montana man was hoping to find a physician to help him be put out of his misery sooner than later. Robert Baxter knew that his time was running short and that after twelve years of chemotherapy, he was not getting any better. He also knew that at this time a physician assisting with death was against the law. Baxter, along with four other Montana doctors and the organization of Compassion & Choices, filed a case seeking recognition that the right to choose aid in dying is protected by the Montana Constitution’s guarantees of privacy, dignity and equal protection (Compassion & Choices, 2012). From this case, Baxter w... ... middle of paper ... ...r. Letting doctors hold the patient’s life in their own hands is a good choice most of the time, but in situations like that, life needs to be in the hands of the patient. With the help of physician assisted suicide, this may become possible. This practice is still a controversy throughout the world today, with each side having a different opinion, but one day those opinions will be set aside long enough to figure out a final solution. Works Cited Compassion & Choices (2012). Baxter et al v. Montana James, S. D. (2009). Families of Dying Say Assisted Suicide Is Right Miller, K. S. (2013). Opinions on physician-assisted suicide sharply divided, poll shows Dr. Gloth, M. F. (2009). Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Wrong Approach to End Of Life Care HealthDay News (2013). Patients, families 'grateful' for physician-assisted suicide program

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that controversial issues like environmental protections, animal rights, medical marijuana, and gay marriage are well known in the media. physician assisted suicide is a way to relieve patients of their suffering, yet doctors are under an oath.
  • Explains how robert baxter, a terminally ill montana patient, was hoping to find the right to choose aid in dying, protected by the montana constitution's guarantees of privacy, dignity, and equal protection.
  • Explains that dr. kevorkian is one of many firm supporters of physician assisted suicide and the "right to die" legislation.
Continue ReadingCheck Writing Quality

Harness the Power of AI to Boost Your Grades!

  • Haven't found what you were looking for? Talk to me, I can help!
Continue Reading