scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 962
In this essay I will discuss the controversy surrounding the Death With Dignity Act in the state of Oregon First I will discuss the specifics of the court case in question Next I will discuss opposing viewpoints from both sides Finally I will then explain which decision I believe would promote freedom more according to the definitions outlined in the United States Constitution Voters in the state of Oregon passed the Death With Dignity Act in 1997 which allowed Doctors to prescribe lethal doses of federally regulated medicine to terminally ill patients who desired to end their own lives The law itself contains very specific outlines as to its operation The patient in question must be terminally ill with less than six months to live This must be verified by at least two doctors The patients mental health status must also be checked by at least two doctors According to Eli D Stutsman a lawyer representing a physician in the case only 20-25 people a year out of the 30000 that die in Oregon annually choose death in this manner Janet Reno the Attorney General under President Clinton decided that the federal government would not pursue criminal charges against doctors who issued the lethal prescriptions so long as they followed the procedures outlined in the Oregon law The Bush administration disagreed with the stance taken by the Clinton Administration The Bush administration believes that suicide is not a legitimate medical purpose to prescribe lethal doses to patients Therefore in the opinion of the Bush administration doctors who prescribe the lethal doses of medicine could stand to lose their Federal Prescription License which would make it nearly impossible for the physician to remain in practice due to the various medicines they would be unable to prescribe I personally side with the state of Oregon on this particular issue for several different reasons I believe the attempt by the federal government in this case infringes
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA