Assisted Suicide Or Euthanasia? Essay

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What if it was you? You find out that you have a terminal illness with maybe months left to live, and most of that time will be spent suffering in pain. If you had the option to peacefully end your life, would you? This is a highly controversial situation. Most commonly referred to as assisted suicide or euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. Society has many different viewpoints on whether or not the United States should make this act legal. Physician assisted suicide is currently legal in Oregon, Montana, Washington, Vermont, and California. The only patients that can qualify for it must be terminally ill and mentally competent adults. It is argued that euthanasia is an act of murder rather than being an act of kindness and ending the suffering of an individual. I am arguing that in the case of a terminally ill individual who is competent and understands the circumstances, they should have access to a physician assisted suicide in the United States. Assisted suicide should be legal in the United States in the case of a terminally ill, suffering patient and doctors should be allowed to help their patients in the act of dying as long as the patients are competent and freely request such assistance (Singer, 2). It is important for the patient to know their freedoms. There is an understanding between the doctor and patient which allow the action of euthanasia to be…

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