Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Annotation 7: Google Scholar-Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: Attitudes and Experiences of Oncology Patients, Oncologists, and the Public

Although euthanasia is meant for the terminally-ill, some people with depression or other mental illnesses are more likely to request the use of physician-assisted suicide than those with physical pain. In a poll taken, most patients with physical pain did not support the use of physican-assisted suicide. Many patients feel it is a burden on their families.

Annotation 6: ProQuest-Los Angeles Times

Author: Geoffrey Nunberg

This article discusses the wording of the use of physician-assisted suicide. In a survey, 75% of adults supported "ending the lives" of the terminally-ill. When worded differently, only 58% agreed to the "physician-assisted suicide." So, people wonder if the wording of it changes the way people feel about the whole subject. Some sources even considered changing titles to give it a better meaning and make it sound not so harsh.

Annotation 5: ProQuest-U.S. Newswire

This article discusses the suicide rates in California and Oregon. Although Oregon has the option of physician-assisted suicide, it has more actual suicide killings happening than in California not including the physician-assisted suicides. California feels that if they approve the law they will have even more suicides occuring, other than those of physican-assisted.

Annotation 4: ProQuest-The Sacramento Bee

Author: Daniel Weintraub

Carol Levine, who has gone through many difficulties in death and diseases, but still opposes the physician-assisted suicide. She feels that there are other options that people can look to while dying. For example, the patient could have someone to talk to and care for them. Many doctors also might have difficulties performing the action of giving someone a lethal injection for they see death as a failure. No one wants to be a person to kill someone, so why would a doctor have to be the victim?

Annotation 3: SIRS-Right-to-Die Issue 'Around to Stay' As California Proponents Regroup

Author: Steven Harmon
July 12, 2006
San Jose Mercury News

This article discusses the want for the terminally-ill to end their own lives in California. This issue has been discussed tons of time in California and they still have not passed it, but it will keep coming up. In polls taken for the "want" of the law shows that usually over 50% of people of all types, politics, religions, and races support the bill. In the bill it gives rules and outlines for the law including the consent of patient, and after 15 days get another consent.

Annotation 2: SIRS- If you Think Doctor-Assisted Suicide Puts People in Charge of Their Own Lives, Think Again

Author: Jeffrey A. Schaler
August 2003

This article mainly focuses on the differences between euthanasia "suicide", and regular suicide. The author states that suicide is mainly put across people with mental illnesses, and is illegal. So, why should it be legal for someone to "kill themselves" because they're in physical pain when it is illegal for someone to kill themselves because they're in mental pain. He also suggests that physician-assisted suicide isn't necessarily suicide, it is more of legal homicide by the doctor. The government is also suggested to be in control of your body during euthanasia. It says that when you want to kill yourself because of mental illness, that's your control. If you want to "kill yourself" because of physical pain that is the government's control.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Annotation 1: SIRS-Assisted Suicide Ticks Upward in Oregon

This article discussed the law of assisted suicide (physician-assisted) in the state of Oregon, the only state to have assisted suicide legalized. Since 2003, even more people are deciding to kill themselves. There was a 10% from 2002 to 2003. There are rules of the law though. One law is that the patient must be terminally ill and with an estimation of six months to live. Some people feel physician assisted suicide is a violation of doctors' practices with using a lethal injection.