scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,734
Assisted Suicide Ethical or immoral Assisted Suicide also known as mercy killing occurs when a physician provides the means drugs or other agents by which a person can take his or her own life This assistance is one of the most debated issues today in society followed by abortion Physicians are frequently faced with the question of whether or not assisted suicide is ethical or immoral Although assisted suicide is currently illegal in almost all states in America it is still often committed Is assisted suicide ethical Studies have found that the majority of Americans support assisted suicide One must weigh both sides of the argument before they can decide On July 26 1997 the US Supreme Court unanimously upheld decisions in New York and Washington State that criminalized assisted suicide These decisions overturned rulings in the 2nd and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal which struck down state statutes banning physician-assisted suicide Those courts had found that the statutes which prohibited doctors from prescribing lethal medication to competent terminally ill adults violated the 14th Amendment In striking the appellate decisions the US Supreme Court found that there was no constitutional right to die but left it to individual states to enact legislation permitting or prohibiting physician-assisted suicide As of April 1999 physician-assisted suicide is illegal in the majority of states Over thirty states have enacted statutes prohibiting assisted suicide and of those that do not have statutes a number of them arguably prohibit it through common law Currently Oregon is the only state that has legalized assisted suicide The Oregon statute which came into effect in October 1997 states that a doctor may prescribe but not administer a lethal dose of medication to a patient who has less than six months to live It is required that two separate doctors must agree that the patient is mentally competent and that the decision was voluntary As of April 1999 23 patients were given drugs legally under
@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