Persuasive Essay On Legalization Of Euthanasia

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Legalizing voluntary euthanasia for terminally-ill adults is a way that dying patients can avoid unnecessary suffering and have the right to die with dignity. Mentally stable, but severely ill adults who request their life be terminated early do so for two main reasons: patients have peace knowing that they do not have to live in pain until they die and patients want the choice to die before they lose all quality of life. American patients who are on their last few months of life should have the choice to leave their body and loved ones if they desire despite what state they live in. At the present time, there are five states in the United States that have incorporated the Death with Dignity Act and about 20 other states that are currently …show more content…
For those I say that in recent years half of patients who were prescribed the lethal dose actually took the drug. In 2015, 218 patients received the prescription and only 132 ingested the medication. In 2014, 155 patients received the prescription and only 105 ingested the medication (Page 2, Oregon). Patients don’t see this prescription as a way to avoid life but as a “psychological insurance” in case things do become unbearable (Emanuel 1998). Although more people are being prescribed the medication it does not mean that more people are actually taking it compared to the requests. It is natural that there will be in increase in prescription recipients as the years go by and more states adopt this law but this does not suggest that it is being abused and the statistics show …show more content…
I will discuss the California End of Life Option Act which is very similar to that of Oregon and Washington’s statutes. Only adults can qualify and must have the capacity to make medical decisions for themselves and also, be a resident of the state. The adult must be terminally ill and must be diagnosed so by the attending physician. The individual must submit two oral requests with a minimum of 15 days apart and also submit a written request, all to the attending physician. A mental health specialist, upon referral of the attending doctor will examine the individual, relevant records and determine that the individual has the capacity to make voluntary medical decisions. The individual must have two witnesses, one which cannot be a relative and both which can attest to the voluntary nature of the request for the aid-in-dying drug (California 2016). This is the process that has worked in the US since 1997 and continues to work today. My wish is that all states use this law as an example so that all citizens of America have the right to die with

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