Essay about Assisted Suicide : A Controversial Topic

2143 Words Jun 1st, 2016 9 Pages
In 2014, assisted suicide became a controversial topic in the media after a terminally ill patient named Brittany Maynard advocated for the practice that would allow physicians to assist terminally ill patients in ending their own lives instead allowing whatever illness they have kill them. Maynard had a brain tumor that kept growing and caused her great distress; she would have "seizures so violent, they left her unable to speak for hours" (Lapook). Her decision to travel to Portland, Oregon to be assisted in taking her own life sparked a national debate in medical practice and in the media. Although suicide in itself is a contentious subject, it is not what makes this situation controversial. It is actually the concern of doctors and them being able to assist these dying patients with killing themselves. It is understandable that most would be apprehensive to support anyone contemplating taking their own life, however, assisted suicide is a complex topic that should not be swept under the rug due to ignorance and one 's own religious or spiritual beliefs. Overall, patients should have a right to their freedom in deciding to be assisted by a physician in committing suicide.
The argument of life and death, whether it is discussed regarding ourselves and others, is always a controversial topic here in the United States. Although the fourteenth amendment gives all citizens the right to decide what they want to do with their lives, assisted suicide is still being debated on…

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