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Mercy or Murder Essay

  • Submitted by: bindybue
  • on September 19, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 585 words

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Assisted Killing, Mercy or Murder?
Belinda Surratt
October 17, 2010
Lorelie Kaid

Assisted Killing, Mercy or Murder?
      In the United States a lot is changing.   Where we once had control of most everything in our lives, little by little, we are losing control.   There are laws now regulating what animal is acceptable to raise in our homes.   There are laws that keep our property from foreclosure in our financially strained economy.   There are laws in place to allow us to choose to die with dignity and laws to decide the death of a convicted criminal.   While individuals have the right to make their own choice pertaining to assisted deaths and the government is right by standing by capital punishment, are we right to play God?
      The choice of physician assisted death is between the medical professional and the patient, even when the patient is unaware.   Disable patients who are labeled as having a low quality of life are permitted to make the decision to participate in PAD, even though their IQ is at or below the mentally handicapped level.   Choosing the involvement in PAD while in a psychotic state of mind resulting from psychological disorders is acceptable, yet the state of mind is considered mentally unstable.   Danny Scoccia writes, “Disability rights advocates condemn certain actual and contemplated “life or death” practices in our society on the grounds that they wrongly discriminate against disabled people.   Among these are the selective abortions of fetuses that will develop conditions like Down Syndrome, and genetic counseling intended to discourage couples at high risk of producing disabled offspring from reproducing” (Scoccia, 2010).
      A terminally ill or severely disabled patient has the right to a living will which insures the choice of whether or not to resuscitate is upheld.   Living wills are set up to support the choice of a patient in their right to die as naturally as possible.   On the other hand a living will can be used...

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