DEC 9, 2013
Physician-Assisted Suicide has been a moral controversy, for many years. This is a highly emotional topic, which examines our moral ethics to life itself. The sanctity of life: “Christianity has never ceased to emphasize the sanctity of human life and the value of the individual, even the humblest and lowliest, including the afflicted in mind and body.” (Baranzke, 2012) Dr. Jack Kevorkian was the first physician in 1998, to exercise a physician- assisted suicide (PAS). (Hossein, 2012) Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath and one of the oaths is “I now turn to my calling, promising to preserve its finest traditions, with the reward of a long experience in the joy of healing” (Medical, 2007).
“The phrase “sanctity-of-life” has played an important ideological role in public controversy about abortion and euthanasia in the United States of America”. (Baranzke p.295) “In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed January 22—the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Roe v. Wade” (1973) decision1—as the first “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.”
Following Reagan, the proclamation was made annually by Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It was not issued by Democratic President Bill Clinton and has not been issued by President Barack Obama. Since 1995, conservative members of Congress, including 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul, have made several attempts to introduce a “Sanctity of Life Act” (2011) in order to establish rights of personhood for all human life beginning from conception”. (p.295)
Dr. Kevorkian started his (PAS) activities when he invented a machine, that administered narcotics followed by a lethal dosage of potassium chloride in the 80s. (Hossein, 2012) Dr. Kevorkian supposed that individuals need to have a right to avoid a prolonged, unhappy death.
Dr. Kevorkian “believed that physician-assisted suicide...