Assisted Suicide


"Should Doctors assist their patient\'s death? The doctors\' obligation
is to provide every possible support during the process of dying. Do doctors
have the right to hasten the process, when requested to do so? There has been a
great deal of discussion over this topic for the past few years."
For many years now, assisted suicide has been a debated topic of who
believes in it and who does not. The Christian faith disagrees in the act of
assisted suicide. “This religion teaches redemptive suffering. God sends
suffering as a means of washing away people\'s sins and saving their souls. It
is believed that people can be blessed if they endure their misery.”
Islam has a similar belief of the Christian faith. They believe
assisted suicide is an account of murder. In some countries, the patient who
committed suicide, and the physician, or doctor that assisted the patient,
should both go to hell. "We don\'t own ourselves, we are entrusted to God and
the taking of life is the right of the one who give it."
There are also many cultures that believe in this act of dying. Certain
cultures believe that they have the right to end a person\'s life, only if the
person is suffering with an illness that will only get worse. "In China and
some parts of India, it is an ancient custom to drown newborn girls if they
think they will live a useless life."
The Dutch believe in the act of assisted suicide as many other religions.
They believe that it is easier to end a life so the family and the other people
will not have to go through all the suffering and pain.
Many Physicians today believe that assisted suicide is the answer to end
all the pain and suffering in the world. Dr. Peter Admirral is a physician that
is known for ending more than one hundred lives in less than thirty years. "The
emotion is what you prescribed or what you have injected will cause the patient
to die. Its so opposite to normal feelings of a doctor that you have to go
through a period of resisting this. Although you must remember the patient is
you friend."
Another Physician that is highly noted for assisted suicide is Dr. Jack
Kevorkian. He believes that he is a hero to all of his patients. "If it
wasn\'t for me, life would seem like it would never end to all of my patients
that are suffering from illness." "I have never actually caused a death, but I
help people exercise their last civil right. I think physicians who oppose
assisted suicides are similar to Nazi doctors, people who torture and experiment
on Holocaust victims. Actually, it is the same as torture, to watch someone
suffer when you can do something to end that suffering."
"People from the age of 45 to the age 64 make up the largest percentage
of assisted suicide cases in the US. The people that make up most of the
percentage are people who are chronically ill with cancer or other forms of
deadly disease. People with AIDS are twelve times likely to choose euthanasia
or assisted suicide as the rest of the population.”
"Twenty-one year old Karen Quinland was at a friend\'s house celebrating
a birthday. Before the birthday party, she had gone on a diet and had eaten
very little. She had also been suspected of taking tranquilizers or other kinds
of drugs. Before the party, Karen suspects of consuming a few alcoholic
beverages. Her friends said that she had then started to act kind of strange.
They decided to take her to one of the rooms in the house and lay her on the bed.
About an hour later, her friends went upstairs and checked on her, they then
found out that she was in a coma and they could not wake her. They called a
ambulance immediately."
After the ambulance made back to the hospital, Karen Quinland went into
breathing deficiency. Karen\'s doctor got the parents consent to put her on a
respirator. After a couple of days on the respirator, Karen\'s mom decided that
Karen would probably want to end her life and would not want to suffer any more.
According to the law, taking her off of the respirator would be an act of
assisted suicide. The person whom does this would face accounts of murder and
would likely be put in prison or if lucky, prosecution. After many court cases
and arguments, the Supreme court allowed the