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Pamela Robson
4/21 Discussion
Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:39pm
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With this issue paper, I think that my main challenge I will face is finding articles that do not involve the author’s opinion. So far, I have found that a lot of the sources are written by Physician’s, and include how they feel about the topic, not really the facts and statistics. I also think it will be difficult to not favor one side of the argument throughout the paper. I am most concerned about finding enough data and good quotes to use throughout the paper. For every paper, I am always concerned about using too much or too little citations in the papers. So far, I have found information that I already knew about for the most part such as some of the sides of the argument are “Right of the Patients to decide what to do” or “Duty of the Physician to do what is best for their patient” on the “for” side. One of the side’s against this idea, it’s “Physician Assisted Suicide can take away the value of life, or the Physician’s job is to defend the life of the patient”. I have found out that Physician Assisted Suicide was banned by the U.S. Supreme Court, but left it open for individual states to legalize it. Oregon is the only state in the United States that assisted suicide is legal. I was surprised to find out that some people are for assisted suicide because if a patient has a terminal illness, some feel it is better to just “pull the plug” than keep them alive for possible surgeries, medications, etc. because it is a much cheaper process. I was also surprised to find out that the American Medical Association (AMA) does agree with Physician Assisted Suicide, but it is an uprising topic of whether to legalize it still. I thought that since the AMA does not agree with this, than most states would not even think about legalizing it. I do not have any specific questions yet about the paper because I only have a page and a half done so far. I do not really think you could add many other questions in this online discussion. I think that there are enough questions, but the more the questions, the easier the discussion is to reach the 350-word minimum.

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