Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Essay
Jack Kevorkian also known as “Dr. Death,” a name given to him due to his efforts in helping over 130 terminally ill people commit suicide, was one of the first physicians to make euthanasia and physicians-assisted suicide (PAS) what it is today. Since the 1990’s his methods have been criticized by many due to evidence showing that some patients were not terminally ill. He was a pioneer and it is due to his efforts that PAS is becoming more accepted today. He invented different devices to perform PAS, note Dr. Kevorkian was not the one to “flip the switch” that began this lethal process, which took only six minutes; instead it was the patient, aware of the timer that would release potassium chloride after they became unconscious, who started the process.
Dr. Kevorkian wanted to give people the option choose between living in pain or putting an end to it in their own terms. This example attracts several issues regarding the morality of PAS and euthanasia. PAS and euthanasia are two different terms yet many regard them as the same in moral discussions.