Mercy killings


With all of the medical advancements the average life span has become greater and greater. However with the medical advancements some lives have been prolonged and the quality of life should be thought of. Jack Kevorkian, known as Dr. Death, is a medical pathologist that helped dozens of terminally ill patients end their suffering.  He was arrested for second degree murder in assisting with a suicide for one of his patients.

I believe that when someone is terminally ill or brain dead the patient or their guardian should have the ability to choose what they want to do with their bodies. The quality of life should be considered, people shouldn’t be forced to live their final days though pain and suffering.

Most when asked how they would like to die, they respond in their sleep. Most want to die a peaceful death in their sleep, not having to suffer. Dr. Jack Kevorkian created a machine that would first put the patient to sleep and then give them a lethal dose of Potassium Chloride which would cause a heart attack. Attached to Dr. Kevorkian’s invention a terminally ill patient could pass away in peace.

Regular suicides are different; people who try to kill themselves because they are not satisfied with their lives should be helped. The difference between a suicide and a suicide through euthanasia on a terminally ill person, is the ability to help.  The lives of the terminally ill patient will never be the same.

I agree with Jack Kevorkian’s belief of personal autonomy, if a patient has a desire and a wish to end his life then it is up to a doctor to use his medical expertise along with logic and common sense to determine if his patient’s desire is medically justifiable.


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