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PHI 221 Contemporary Moral Issues Project Critical Analysis of the Article “Assisted Suicide Study Questions Its use for Mentally Ill Background Information “The issue of whether human beings - and more pointedly doctors - have the right to help others die has been in the public discourse since before the birth of Christ,” as stated by an article in TIME magazine. [Kat] Euthanasia is a word that stems from the Greek language. This word is from the roots Eu- meaning good and Thanatos meaning death. From the combination of these roots, euthanasia came to mean “Good Death” and is more recently recognized as “mercy killing.” Another name for euthanasia is “assisted suicide” which is the name most commonly used. Although it has been used for hopeless and/or lonely patients who have been suffering for years, the name assisted suicide, does however come with a stigma seeing as “the idea that it should be illegal to help someone commit suicide is most often ascribed to the Biblical Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill.” (Pickert) This idea has been both legalized and then revoked in places such as Australia, but in places such as the Netherlands and Switzerland, the penalties of the practice have been reduced. In the United States however, Americans lost the Constitutional right to having a doctor’s assistance with death in 1997 but in 2006, the Supreme Court left the discretion of future cases to the individual states. Since the 2006 ruling, some states such as Oregon and Washington have permitted “Death With Dignity” to terminally ill patients. This type of doctor assisted suicide involves a life-ending dose of medication. The states participating in this type of jurisdiction each have different laws around what this type of treatment will be allowed for. Approximate length of life life is however a major factor considered by the doctors.
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Intro Although in some European countries, and in 5 soon to be 6, States of the US have approved the act of a doctor prescribing life-ending medication to adults who are terminally ill, but completely mentally capable. [Ben] A fairly new study of cases are now challenging the already set boundaries of what man has decided to be ethically right and inevitably raising concerns in other countries. The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland are beginning to allow doctor assisted suicides to individuals who are either terminally ill, or have a psychiatric problem such as but not limited to depression and schizophrenia.[Ben] I chose to analyze a recent article published on February 10, 2016 in The New York
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