Essay about Physician Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia

1837 Words Dec 11th, 2016 8 Pages
Physician-Assisted Suicide In America, there are many areas that people disagree on; these areas are called “gray areas.” Physician-Assisted Suicide is one the most prominent gray areas that people are uneducated about. A majority of people believe that Physician-Assisted Suicide is just the option to legally walk into a hospital and ask a doctor to kill oneself. The people who believe that this is the case are unaware of the austere requirements for Physician-Assisted Suicide to take place. Physician-Assisted Suicide is profitable to the health care economy and valuable to the quality of life in terminally ill patients. Many countries have already legalized Physician-Assisted Suicide and it has had beneficial and positive results. Physician-Assisted Suicide is misunderstood by many Americans, because not only are they misinformed on the requirements and benefits of the legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide, but also how others view the morality of the act. In the United States, four states, California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, have Physician-Assisted Suicide legalized with multiple, specific requirements. The requirements that must all be fulfilled to complete Physician-Assisted Suicide are that, the patient must be a legal resident of California, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington; above eighteen years-old; mentally competent; diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death within six months; and be able to self-administer and ingest the…

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