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Euthanasia – Assisted Suicide
Euthanasia /eu·tha·na·sia/ (u″thah-na´zhah)
• 1. an easy or painless death.
• 2. mercy killing; the deliberate ending of life of a person
  suffering from an incurable disease.
Debate; Should it be
   Legalized?
•
          Facts:
  Highly Controversial Topic
• Decided by state legislature, not
  a factor in the 2012 election
• Debated whether a human
  should have the right to have a
  doctor assist in a painless
  suicide
• Legal in three states in the
  United States of America
• Debates over this topic really
  started in the U.S.A. after the
  cases of Dr. Jack Kevorkian
Jack Kevorkian 1928 - 2011
•   Carried out assisted suicides

•   Charges of murder came forth, but
    were dropped

•   Eventually was charged with
    murder after airing a video of
    himself giving a patient a lethal
    injection on Sixty Minutes.

•   Believed in granting patients the
    right to ask and receive assisted
    suicide treatment

•   Some viewed him as a hero, while
    others referred to him as Dr. Death

•   A movie was created about his life,
    You Don’t Know Jack
Pros/Cons
                Pros                            Cons
•   Dying on patients own terms    • Can be devaluing to human
•   More freedom                     lives
•   Die without pain               • Lots of debatable “What if?”
•                                    situations
    Prevents patients from killing
    themselves in more horrible    • May be abused by crooked
    ways                             doctors
•   Saves family medical expenses
Works Cited
"Assisted Suicide in the United States." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29
   Oct. 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2012.
   <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisted_suicide_in_the_United_States>.
"Death with Dignity in Oregon, Washington & (soon to Be) Montana."
   Euthanasia and the Law in the United States of America. Exit International,
   n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2012. <http://www.exitinternational.net/page/USA>.
"Euthanasia Pros and Cons." Euthanasia Pros and Cons. Euthanasia.com, n.d.
   Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://www.euthanasia.com/proscons.html>.
"Euthanasia." TheFreeDictionary.com. Farlex, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2012.
   <http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/euthanasia>.
"Jack Kevorkian." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 July 2012. Web. 07
   Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian>.
"Pros and Cons - Euthanasia." ProCon.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2012.
   <http://euthanasia.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000126>.

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Euthanasia – assisted suicide

  • 1. Euthanasia – Assisted Suicide Euthanasia /eu·tha·na·sia/ (u″thah-na´zhah) • 1. an easy or painless death. • 2. mercy killing; the deliberate ending of life of a person suffering from an incurable disease.
  • 2. Debate; Should it be Legalized? • Facts: Highly Controversial Topic • Decided by state legislature, not a factor in the 2012 election • Debated whether a human should have the right to have a doctor assist in a painless suicide • Legal in three states in the United States of America • Debates over this topic really started in the U.S.A. after the cases of Dr. Jack Kevorkian
  • 3. Jack Kevorkian 1928 - 2011 • Carried out assisted suicides • Charges of murder came forth, but were dropped • Eventually was charged with murder after airing a video of himself giving a patient a lethal injection on Sixty Minutes. • Believed in granting patients the right to ask and receive assisted suicide treatment • Some viewed him as a hero, while others referred to him as Dr. Death • A movie was created about his life, You Don’t Know Jack
  • 4. Pros/Cons Pros Cons • Dying on patients own terms • Can be devaluing to human • More freedom lives • Die without pain • Lots of debatable “What if?” • situations Prevents patients from killing themselves in more horrible • May be abused by crooked ways doctors • Saves family medical expenses
  • 5. Works Cited "Assisted Suicide in the United States." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Oct. 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisted_suicide_in_the_United_States>. "Death with Dignity in Oregon, Washington & (soon to Be) Montana." Euthanasia and the Law in the United States of America. Exit International, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2012. <http://www.exitinternational.net/page/USA>. "Euthanasia Pros and Cons." Euthanasia Pros and Cons. Euthanasia.com, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://www.euthanasia.com/proscons.html>. "Euthanasia." TheFreeDictionary.com. Farlex, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/euthanasia>. "Jack Kevorkian." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 July 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian>. "Pros and Cons - Euthanasia." ProCon.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://euthanasia.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000126>.