Essay about Euthanasia Is Not Forbidden By Law

1511 Words Dec 6th, 2015 null Page
Mulan Kundera says it best when he states, “Dogs do not have many advantages over people, but one of them is extremely important: euthanasia is not forbidden by law in their case; animals have the right to a merciful death.” Like animals, people should have the right to die with dignity. People should not be forced to live a life of pain and suffering if they have a terminal illness and wish to die on their own terms. Active euthanasia for people should be made legal. However, it should only be legal with the assistance of a licensed physician, physician assisted suicide. Many times people do not know what the differences are between active and passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia is when a patient wishes to die and someone else helps them, such as physician assisted suicide, in which a physician injects the patient with a lethal dose of a medication. Passive euthanasia is when all life sustaining methods, such as food and fluids, are withheld and the patient slowly dies as they dehydrate and/or starve to death. I am going to present the case of Brittany Maynard and some of the worries that people may have about legalizing physician assisted suicide and the measures that can be taken to help ensure those worries are there minimized. Specifically when it comes to the patients state of mind at the time of the request to die, the professional integrity of the physician(s) involved, and if there are any legal consequences on the part of the physician for assisting the patient…

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