Assisted SuicideAssisted Suicide
Rex Davis, II
April 12, 2013
For many years a debate has been taking place in America. In the 1980’s and the 1990’s, the debate was brought into the public eye by Dr. Jack Kevorkian. During this time period Dr. Kevorkian assisted more than 130 people take their own lives. Dr. Kevorkian fought for the rights of the terminally ill patients, wanting to put an end to their suffering. The question still remains; does a person have the right to take their own life, with the help of a trained, medical professional? If a terminally ill patient wants assistance to end their life, it should be allowed because people have the right to decide what happens in their lives, the government has no right to decide how a person’s life should end, and it is better to have a professional help, if the decision to end one’s life is made.
America prides itself on being the land of the free. We have the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, and the right to elect the Politian’s who trample those rights every day. The one right we do not seem to have, is assisted suicide. Dr. Kevorkian fought for the better part of ten years for terminally ill patients that wanted to end their suffering. The District Attornys office would charge Dr. Kevorkian with some degree of murder or homicide after each incident. In 1997, the Oregon lawmakers passed a bill approving doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients, medications that were lethal, and would end the patient’s life. The United States Supreme Court later upheld the law passed in Oregon, as a legitimate medical practice. This act was called “Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.” (Schneider, 2011)
In the United States the government executes the prisoners every day. Some could argue that this practice is a form of assisted suicide, with one difference, the people are healthy, and they would like to stay among the living. Even with legal execution, the government...