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Assisted suicide or Euthanasia is a topic undergoing serious debate There exist two obvious and definite opinions regarding this controversy The anti-euthanasia faction consist of Conservative religious groups They are often the same organizations that oppose access to abortion Medical associations whose members are dedicated to saving and extending life and feel uncomfortable helping people end their lives Groups concerned with disabilities which fear that euthanasia is the first step towards a society that will kill disabled people against their willThese groups bring both a religious and professional ethics perspective to the opinion that physician assisted suicide should be prohibited by lawThe other side of the debate over euthanasia is those individuals who follow the convictions of Dr Jack Kevorkian and the Right to Die organization The book Prescription Medicine 1993 is an interesting yet controversial book about physician assisted suicide Authored by the only physician known to provide assisted suicide to terminally ill patients Dr Jack Kevorkian the book brings up some topics of heated debate Kevorkian discusses his Suicide Machine reasons for assisted suicide and some of the cases he has supervisedIn his book Dr Kevorkian explains the ancient roots of euthanasia and his invention of the Suicide Machine He gives examples of how doctors in the time of the Pythagorean readily gave poison to any patient who requested it Kevorkian tries to justify assisted suicide by carefully stating the words of the Hippocratic Oath He also thoughtfully interprets both the laws and the oath in order to make it look like they agree with his ideasOne justification for assisted suicide that Kevorkian uses is that of a proclamation by a medical committee that it is ethical for physicians to help terminally ill patients commit suicide Only he doesnt make it very obvious that the committee is part of a special interest group known as the Society for the Right to Die This committee was obviously biased because of its affiliation with
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