Assisted Suicide Essay

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Should physician-assisted suicide be legal?

While I believe if one chooses to end his or own life through physician assistance for reasons that they chose, the choice should be up to the individual. Physician-assisted suicide should be at one's discretion. “Assisted Suicide, also called Voluntary Euthanasia, is currently a contentious issue in many countries. Because Euthanasia is legal in a few modern democracies: the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland. In the Netherlands, voluntary euthanasia has been legal since 1983, with some 3,000 people requesting it each year. In Australia, assisted suicide was legalized in the Northern Territory with the backing of a substantial majority of ...view middle of the document...

Casey] when the patient seeks to have drugs prescribed to end life during the final stages of a terminal illness? The greatly reduced interest of the state in preserving life compels the answer to these questions: 'None'..." (Brooks) We have a right as human beings to choose our own free will. Abortion is legal and that’s taking someone else’s life, not your own. If one is in agonizing pain everyday of their life and they chose not to suffer through the pain, who are we to deny them peace of mind.
"We firmly believe that physician-assisted death should be one--not the only one, but one--of the last-resort options available to a patient facing a hard death. We agree that these options should include high dose pain medication if needed, cessation of life-sustaining therapy, voluntary cessation of eating and drinking, and terminal sedation. We also believe, however, that physician-assisted dying, whether it is called physician-assisted death or physician aid in dying or physician-assisted suicide, should be among the options available to patients at the end of life." (2009, March 13) Physician assisted suicide is not and should not be considered murder. It’s not the physician choice to take someone’s life because the feeling was there. We have the death penalty and we use it, we take people’s life with the use of assisted suicide. Therefore we should be able to use assisted suicide when necessary to save one from pain and agony.
In the United States, Dr Jack Kervorkian – nicknamed ‘Doctor Death’ for his actions beliefs – has campaigned for a change in the law for many years, and assisted in the suicide of at least 45 people.” (Brooks) There are benefits to the medical and research community if one chooses the end their life through assisted suicide. The body of the individual is intact therefore the body could be donated to science for research. Research can aid in the ailment that caused the individual to want to take their life and thus preventing the ailment and saving someone else’s life in return. Also the...

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