This Research assignment was constructed over a 5 month period, through vigerous examination of information concerning Physician Assisted Suicide. Physician assisted suicide, or enabling terminally ill patients to die, is a rather controversial topic that not only delves into humanitarian issues, but also financial and legal sides. . Through this research, I intend to prove that assisted suicide would have adverse effects if legalized. Not only would the physicians have the power to suggest this option, but they could also ignore alternative solutions. The physician may also ignore or misunderstand patient ambivalence, and even put to death patients who have not requested it What is the historical background of assisted suicide? Should physician assisted suicide be legalized? Would legalizing physician assisted suicide help the financial concerns of the family and our nation? How does religion play a part? These, among many others, are the controversial questions surrounding physician assisted suicide.
The objectives of this research will be to understand the complex motives surrounding physician assisted suicide.