Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal Essay

1477 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
People make choices every day. Having control over the power to make these decisions is an integral part of one’s being. Having options and decision-making capabilities should not cease to exist as a person nears the end of his or her life. All human beings have rights and those rights should include choosing to end their life when they wish.
Merriam-Webster defines assisted suicide as, “suicide with help from another person (such as a doctor) to end suffering from severe physical illness.” This topic has been the center of ethical and religious arguments for quite some time. Much of this debate focuses on whether or not the practice of physician-assisted suicide should be legal. Although met with much opposition, there have been legislative movements put in place to legalize the patient’s right to die.
Oregon was the first state in the United States to legalize physician-assisted suicide in 1994. At this time, assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California and Montana. There are strict guidelines set to regulate this process. “Two physicians have to agree that the patient is likely to die within six months. The patient must be of sound mind and cannot be forced into the decision. The patient must also request the medication 15 days after he/she originally asked for the drug in order for it to be prescribed” (Board, 2016).
Physician-assisted suicide aligns with the fact that every competent individual has the right to decide on the manner in…

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