Essay by wickedshorteeUniversity, Bachelor's July 2006

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In life, people encounter many trials and tribulations that are beyond their control. An increasing number of people are dying of chronic and devastating illnesses such as cancer, neurological diseases, AIDS, and heart diseases. These are only some of illnesses that forces unwell patients to want to commit suicide, to escape from the continuous excruciating pain and suffering. Most would want to die with dignity and pride and feel that is would be best if they are assisted by a physician.

Euthanasia or assisted suicide is a controversial issue that has be up for debate for over ten years. Euthanasia or assisted suicide is ending the life of an individual who is suffering from a terminal disease or a chronically painful condition in a painless or minimally painful way either by lethal injection, drug overdose, or by the withdrawal of medical support. This issue is mostly looked at from an emotional, political, and moral point of view.

However, there are different ways of conducting euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is letting nature take its course such as removing life support equipment. Active euthanasia is killing a patient at their request using direct action such as injecting the patient with poison, overdosing of pain-killers or sleeping pills.. Physician Assisted Suicide is when a physician supplies means of committing suicide through lethal doses of sleeping pills, or a supply of carbon monoxide gas. Finally, involuntary euthanasia is when a patient is in a "Persistent Vegetative State" and will probably never recover consciousness. (Robinson)

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is an American Pathologist, from Michigan, who was a proud supporter of a terminal patient's "right to die." He claims to have assisted at least 130 patients suicidal death. However, the assisted suicides of these victims were acts of voluntary euthanasia. There were many ways in which he...