Doctor Assisted Suicide
December 03, 2010
Allison p. 4
It must be horrible having a painful disease or being terminally ill, where unavoidable death will be the final result for the fact that there is not cure for that particular illness. Would assisted suicide be the best solution to end that tremendous suffering, should it be legalized? That's a question that has caused controversy. Assisted suicide is defined as the voluntary termination of one's own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician (MedTerms). Many individuals affirm that such act is against morality because no matter what, it is murder. Also, some people support ideas like the fact that it is contrary to a doctor’s ethics. However, there are strong arguments that support this arguable practice such as: the right to die of a person, a final method to end pain, and the patient could have the satisfaction to die with dignity.
To start with, a reason why assisted suicide should be legalized, in order to allow a patient to receive professional assistance to die, is because that terminally ill patient has the right to decide whether to live or not. According to Dr. Kevorkian, also known as "Dr. Death", affirms that an individual has the right to do whatever he/she wants as long as there won't be any damage caused to others, "It's your body, your life. You have every right to think and say and do anything you want, as long as you do not harm or threaten anybody or any property" (Kevorkian). Thus, there should be no restriction to stop an individual in obtaining physical assistance from a doctor to end his/her life because in doing so, it won't hurt or harm anyone else but end the pain and suffering from that incurable disease whose the patient is being torture with. "It should be the right of every citizen to escape unnecessary pain and suffering if at all possible.” (Smith). There is a law on Oregon that provides this right to...
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