right to die

right to die - In 1997 the Supreme Court ruled that...

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In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that individuals do not have the constitutional right to doctor-assisted suicide. Two years later, doctor Jack Kevorkian, infamously known as the ‘suicide doctor’, is sentenced to 10-25 years in prison by a Michigan judge for second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance. The topic of assisted suicide and right to die is heavily debated and starkly divides the country in two with extremely impassioned individuals on both sides. Most believe that the issue should not be left up to the Supreme Court and should instead be based on popular opinion. According to the National Opinion Research Center, 59% believe a person has the right to end his or her own life if he or she has an incurable disease. When an incurable disease is not the reason and the individual simply “wants to die”, the level of support drops to 15%. A Gallup Organization poll to determine if the division was on the basis of morality revealed that while 79% of those polled believed suicide was morally wrong,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 3 taught by Professor Baumgartner during the Fall '05 term at UCSD.

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