Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal For Terminally Ill Patients

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Death with Dignity
Imagine if one of your loved ones was suffering from a terminal illness and had less than six months to live. Imagine if he could no longer use the bathroom without assistance, or feed himself independently, and he was also in a lot of pain. Would you want him to suffer a painful death and lose his dignity or die peacefully? How would you feel about physician-assisted suicide if it was your loved one suffering? Physician-assisted suicide is the practice of ending a life with the help of a physician to relieve the person of pain and suffering. “It is the act or practice of ending the life of a person either by lethal injection or the suspension of medical treatment” (“Facts about Euthanasia”). Physician-assisted suicide is also known as euthanasia. Physician-assisted suicide should be legal for terminally ill patients because laws can be put in place to prevent abuse, it saves patients from pain and suffering, and it is a fundamental freedom (Messerli).
The debate of physician-assisted suicide is becoming a more prevalent issue in the United States. Just this month a 29-year-old woman made national news because she decided to move from California to Oregon so she could die with dignity. This woman’s name was Brittany Maynard and she was suffering from a cancerous brain tumor. In order to understand Brittany choice you should know Brittany’s story. Brittany got married over a year ago and planning a family when she diagnosed with brain cancer in January…

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