Assisted Suicide Research Paper

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Even though assisted suicide is relatively new to our society, it dates back centuries. Assisted suicide is the suicide of a patient suffering from an incurable disease, affected by the taking of lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor. In the past, in other countries and undercover in the U.S. some take the means of Euthanasia to end their life, done directly by the doctor injecting the killing medication. Supporters of assisted suicide today, believe The Declaration of Independence approves due to the message of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Assisted suicide should be accepted throughout the United States because of the patient’s dignity, the financial burden, and the excruciating pain.

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be their cause of death. Most recently was the outbreak with Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old with less than 6 months to live due to brain cancer. Maynard moved from Alamo, California to Oregon to receive barbiturates to die with her dignity. Maynard wrote to New York Times “It has given me a sense of peace during a tumultuous time that otherwise would be dominated by fear, uncertainty and pain” (Slotnik). Assisted suicide makes the patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses feel as though they have control of their lives again, rather than the illness killing them at any given point in time. Patients also feel comfort in not being a burden on family and friends, but also saving them the financial …show more content…
According to TIME’s statistics, a study done with results received before January 22, 2014 forty-three percent of those that choose assisted suicide was due to the financial and emotional burden on family, friends, and caregivers. Heather Newton, a graduate from Georgetown University Law stated, “In some cases, having the right to die might allow patients to make more informed choices about their health care. A patient might choose to postpone suicide in favor of alternative treatment options comforted by the knowledge that, if the pain becomes too unbearable, suicide would be an ultimate option to escape their suffering” (Counterpoint: The Right to Assisted Suicide). Patients dying from incurable diseases may spend weeks, months, or years in the hospital draining their savings and insurance benefits with no sign of a turnaround. This choice would not only put ease on the patient but also the friends and family, they’d be able to exit the world knowing they left nothing but good things

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