Pop Quiz: Doctor Death
Last week, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, famous proponent of physician-assisted suicide, died at the age of 83. Nicknamed Dr. Death, he spent 8 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder for helping 130 terminally ill patients die. Disability rights organizations have argued that physician-assisted suicide is discriminatory against the disabled, as it does not provide real options of how to live with disabilities. However, others argue that people should have the right to decide how and when their own lives should end.
What do you think? Should doctors be allowed to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill people or discontinue life sustaining treatment, if that is the patient’s wish? Do you think it opens the door to unscrupulous doctors or tragic miscommunications?
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