The practice of assisted suicide in the field of medicine is one of the most controversial issues facing us as a society today. Euthanasia of a patient is a taboo that can get a doctor’s license to practice medicine revoked and the doctor can face incarceration for his/her actions which are classified as a homicide. This practice is not something I believe should be looked down upon or tabooed as many other believe. It is a matter of choice, something that should be allowed to any terminally ill patient who wishes it so long as they are mentally competent to make such a decision. There is also a precedent for assisted suicides in the Physician Aid in Dying, or PAD laws in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Montana where patients can be assisted in causing their own deaths. Others may say it devalues human life and that it is an unethical act, which is not true since it is more helping the people by taking the pain away from them during the end of their lives. I don’t believe that euthanasia is just giving the patient the choice of giving up, but rather the choice to be done with the pain and control one’s fate if that pain is too much for them to handle or to keep fighting if they wish to.
A patient should be allowed his own choice on whether he or she would like to end their own life, given they meet the prerequisites of making this choice. These prerequisites should be that the patient is in deteriorating health, is diagnosed with a terminal illness with a 6 month or less timetable for death, and is still mentally competent to make the decision. It’s a logical choice that can be made by a person who knows they are going to die and doesn’t wish to endure the combination of physical pain they are in and the emotional pain that comes with waiting for one’s mortality to run out. I don’t believe that it is a person’s right to take their life just because they want to cease to live. However I do believe that a person is justified to say that he or she doesn’t...
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