The Right to Die: Assisted Suicide

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The Right to Die:
Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide

Abstract

In this report people who do not want to suffer lingering, painful deaths, the state should have no right to enforce the prolongation of life someone in pain who doesn't want to live anymore. No one should be forced to continue living if they do not have the will to live anymore. Physician assisted suicide could be the answer to a lot of problems. Physician assisted suicide is defined as “the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy.” Based on a recent study, 57% of physicians practicing today have received a request for physician-assisted suicide in some form or another. Not only could legalizing be a blessing to society, but the government could also greatly benefit from legalizing physician assisted suicide as well. I will discuss Physician assisted suicide and why we as U.S citizens should have the right to die. It protects

The Right to Die: Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide
If someone wants to take their own life, obviously they have a reason for that, you may not think it’s a good reason, I may not think it’s a good reason, but it should be a decision for that person to make. That’s were The Right to Die would take place. By legalizing physician assisted Suicide also known as PAS we are giving the Right to Die to the society, the citizens of the United States. However it already is legalized in Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and very few states in the U.S (Washington, Oregon, and Montana) it should be legalized in all states in America. A few other states are making efforts to legalize assisted suicide. But soon Congress may put a stop to it everywhere. Legal or not, assisted suicides occur, it would be better if they were brought into the open. Physician suicide needs to become more known and recognized medical practice throughout the United States. Nowhere in the constitution does it state or imply that the government has the right to keep a person from committing suicide. After all, if the patient and the family agree it's what they want to do, whose business is it anyway? Definitely not our government! In a country that's supposedly free, this should be a fundamental right. Without physician assistance, people may commit suicide in a messy, horrifying, and traumatic way. Not only would Legalizing physician assisted suicide be a blessing to suffering people who have lost the will to live but also benefit our government greatly. Unfortunately there are those people against making physician assisted suicide legal. Which tend to be very narrow minded bible thumpers, who have no done all their research on this topic, in my opinion. The cons against PAS would be would violate doctors' Hippocratic Oath; It demeans the value of human life. It could open the floodgates to non-critical patient suicides and other abuses. Many religions prohibit suicide and the intentional killing of others Doctors and families may be prompted to give up on recovery much too early. Government and insurance companies may put undue pressure on doctors to avoid heroic measures or recommend the assisted-suicide procedure. Miracle cures or recoveries can occur. Doctors are given too much power, and can be wrong or unethical. All doctors would have the choice rather or not to participate in PAS no one will force them. It is the own person choice no one else’s doctors can not recommend PAS therefore insurance companies can’t put pressure on doctors to avoid heroic measures. As for doctor’s violating doctors' Hippocratic Oath according to Philip Nitschke, MD (June 5, 2001) retrieved from http://euthanasia.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000126 "Over time the Hippocratic Oath has been modified on a number of occasions as some of its tenets became less and less acceptable. References to women not studying...
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