Right to Die (Euthanasia)

Why would doctors break the hippocratic oath for suicide?

Background

From 5 B.C. to 1 B.C. ancient greeks and romans started to support Euthanasia so unknown disease woundn't spread.Since there was so much that was unknown, and even thought the hippocratic oath prohibits doctors from giving deadly drugs, wanted or not, they would do it anyway. Because of all this, there were very few doctors who followed the oath faithfully.This became less common until the eighteenth century when writers began assulting the church about their teachings on all matters, Euthanasia and suicide. But it never became a widespread problem until the late 1900's.

Pros and cons of physician assisted suicide

Pros:

  • without assistance, people may commit suicide in a horrible,messy way
  • health care costs can be reduced
  • the patient will be put out of their misery
  • the patients can die with dignity
  • vital organs can be saved and used for others who need them

Cons:

  • it will be breaking the law
  • you'll be killing yourself and possibly getting the helper arrested
  • your family and friends will lose you
  • it could lead to more and more people commiting suicide
  • if anything goes wrong you'll end up dead or even more depressed. IT'S A LOSE-LOSE

U.S. suicide ratings

SALT LAKE CITY — About one in 15 Utah adults seriously considered suicide in the past year, the highest rate in the nation, according to a new report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found 6.8 percent of Utahns age 18 and older had suicidal thoughts based on data from the 2008-2009 National Survey of Drug Use and Health. Georgia had the lowest rate in the country at 2.1 percent, or 1 in 50 adults.

The authors thoughts

Personally, I think suicide is wrong but if someone is helping them kill themselves, then they better be going down with them because that is breaking the hippocratic oath and it is just plain wrong. I just don't understand why people would kill others especially if they didn't want to die because in my vocabulary book, that's murder. Even if they want to die, there are hundreds of suicide hotlines around the world and i'm pretty sure they can talk to you about why you need to live. (the one in the bio is real)

about us

If you are feeling suicidal, please call 1- 800-SUICIDE. If you are not suicidal but are in crisis and just really need someone to listen, call 1- 877-273-TALK.

bibliography

April 6, 2011. Kathryn A. Smith, Elizabeth R. Goy, Theresa A. Harvath and Linda Ganzini. Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 445-450.


Jackowski, Rosemarie. "Patients Who Lack Hope Need Advocates, Not Suicide Help." The Right to Die. Ed. Tamara Thompson. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. At Issue. Rpt. from "Assisted Suicide Is Not the Answer." VTDigger.org. 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.


  • McDougall, Jennifer Fecio; Gorman, Martha (2008). Contemporary World Issues: Euthanasia. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO.
  • Northwestern University. 17 July 2014 "What is Physician-Assisted Suicide?"