Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal Essay

1076 Words Dec 4th, 2015 5 Pages
Assisted suicide is a trap that America is falling into. Many people who use assisted suicide to die do so because they feel they are not perfect. This idea is a serious problem that many people refuse to acknowledge today. Though many people feel assisted suicide should be legal, I believe assisted suicide should not be legal because in most cases the patient isn’t feeling any physical pain, it doesn’t take into account people who cannot speak for themselves, and it goes against American ideals.
Physician assisted suicide can be classified between euthanasia, and assisted suicide. Euthanasia is the process of painlessly helping a terminally ill person to die. With physician assisted suicide the patient is in complete control of their own death. In other words, the patient decides their own fate. An example of physician assisted suicide is when the patient decides to refuse treatment for a disease like cancer. The main difference is in euthanasia, the family or physician decides the fate of the patient. Euthanasia can either be voluntary, nonvoluntary, or involuntary. Voluntary is when the person who will die gives consent. Nonvolentary, is where the person’s wishes are not known. Involuntary, the person who will die has refused euthanasia but still receives euthanasia because of their family’s decision. In the Netherlands euthanasia has been legal for decades more than 4,800 people were euthanized in 2013 more than 40 of those were killed for psychiatric illness.…

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