|Physician assisted suicide
The Effects of Assisted Suicide Legalization
While slowly experiencing an eventual death, the pain of a life-threatening
disease is unbearable. The constant anguish of a helpless cancer patient, Richard, is
driving away all sanity. As he lies there on the hospital bed near his family, Richard
finally makes a grave decision. He decides to call upon a physician to end his pain.
The doctor would give him medication which would lead to an inevitable death. As he
knows he is going to die within a few weeks anyway, Richard questions the doctor
about the medication. “Just give me the word, and I will hand it over to you,” the
doctor says. “Let me add, however, that even though it may be an option, do you think
it is morally right?” The doctor is obviously an honest, noble man who gives all of his
patients his sincere opinion. That, in most cases, is not common in a doctor’s
character. Richard is left with those words from the doctor ...