Physician Assisted Death As A Horrible Idea Essay

1750 Words Sep 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Physician-assisted death is an option for patients with a prognosis of a mere six months to live or less to willingly end their suffering instead of having to live it out knowing that they will not be alive much longer. This term should not be confused by euthanasia, which is the act of deliberately causing the death of another person who may be suffering from an incurable disease or condition, usually done via lethal injection. Physician-assisted death occurs when the patient has been prescribed medicine, usually in the form of pills, that hastens death and then consciously takes the medication at their own will. On one end of the spectrum, people have conceived physician-assisted death as a horrible idea; it goes against both religious and moral beliefs. Physician-assisted suicide is not wrong; it allows people to have a dignified death and it supports our rights as Americans. It allows freedom from torment and severely expensive medical bills. Think of being a terminally ill patient. Would you rather live your days counting down until the drawn out end, or would you rather have the choice to end your pain with nobility? The opposing side could argue that physician-assisted dying goes against some religious beliefs. The Roman Catholic religion has a strict view on human life: killing of a human being, even by an act of omission to eliminate suffering, violates divine law and offends the dignity of the human person. This may be true to a religion, however, many laws have…

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