Suicide or Peaceful Death

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Jacqleen Torres
Professor Eakman
English 1301.106
17 June 2012
The op-ed “In a Peaceful Frame of Mind”, written by Anna Quindlen in 2002 explain how physician – assisted suicide took toll on the Nimitz ending life and the arguments of the law in Oregon. “How unspeakable paternalistic and condescending!”(410) is her response to the editor that says “ It is the job of the federal government to go in and protect the life of the person whose life is being taken, even if that person wants to commit suicide.”(409-410) Quindlen argues for the Nimitz decisions to be left alone. Quindlen takes in to consideration the law, the mental state of Mrs. and Mr. Nimitz, and her own thoughts or feelings. Oregon.gov states that on October 27, 1997 Oregon enacted the Death with Dignity Act which allows terminally-ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose. The Oregon Death with Dignity Act requires the Oregon Health Authority to collect information about the patients and physicians who participate in the Act, and publish an annual statistical report. This law makes many double or triple think of how death would change the faith of life. “…two out of three Americans support the right to euthanasia.” These Americans that have agreed have put much thought into supporting this law. Agreeing with euthanasia doesn’t say to someone that he or she don’t have proper morals or don’t believe in faith, it’s saying that is the way free will of someone. The law is clearly handled well it must be documented for every death, which in thought is the best way for it to be shown that it’s not a cruel act against the ill person. Yes, there are people that oppose this law completely. For example John Ashcroft an attorney general that Quindlen says “…took time to subvert the will of the…...

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