Assisted Suicide


Over the past ten to twenty years a big issue has been made over a
person1s right to commit suicide or not. The American courts have had to
deal with everything from s to planned suicides, and
whether the constitution gives the American people the right to take their
own lives or whether it says they have the power to allow someone else to
take their lives. They have had to determine in some cases whether or not
homicide charges needed to be brought up and others times whether or not it
was done for an underlying reason such as insurance fraud.
There are several aspects to suicide and the law, but we are only
going to discuss a few of them. First of all we will examine why ...

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different reasons. A lot
of philosophers have broken down all the reasons of suicides into two
different categories, rational suicide and irrational suicide. A rational
suicide has been given five basic criteria that usually must be met for the
person's act to be considered rational. The five criteria which a person
must show for their suicide to be considered rational are, "the ability to
reason, realistic world view, adequacy of information, avoidance of harm,
and accordance with fundamental interests."(Battin 132) Another opinion of
rationality of suicide is, "it is the best thing for him from the point of
view of his own welfare-or whether it is the best thing for someone being
advised, from the point of view of that person's welfare"(Brandt 118).
People have to characterize suicides because a lot of times they don't
understand what that person is going through so by grouping them and
placing criteria on them it allows them to accept it in an easier manner.
A lot of ...

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are having a bad day doesn't actually mean you have a rational
reason to go out and throw yourself off a building or tie a rope around
your neck.
Another big issue about suicide today is the one that deals with
assisted suicide. When we think about this the first person who pops in
our mind is Dr. Jack Kervorkian. Yet Kervorkian was not the first, "The
Hemlock Society was founded by Derek Humphry, a british journalist, in Los
Angeles in 1980. The organization advocated active euthanasia, or aiding
the death of a hopelessly ill individual."(Long 76) This society was
responsible for several deaths because of their "listing of lethal doses of
eighteen commonly prescribed drugs and ...

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