Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal Essay

1551 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Introduction
Today’s societies are developing at a faster rate than thought humanly possible with new technological and medical advancements unearthed each day. Despite such progress, however, the world today is advancing, many regions of the world still struggle with an archaic controversy that has plagued mankind for centuries. Physician assisted suicide is the doctoral practice of intentionally providing someone with the means to commit suicide. This is includes, but is not limited to, the administration of lethal drugs or the allocation of knowledge to commit suicide. Thus, physician assisted suicide is viewed by many bedridden patients as an outlet in order to alleviate suffering which sparks debate over the value of life. Not only is euthanasia controversial among the public but also within the medical community, many physicians are against the administration of lethal sedatives because of the violation of Hippocratic Oath. Euthanasia is a heated topic in developed countries such as the United States, and France, while in the Netherlands, the bulk of people are pleased with the current policies regarding euthanasia and, therefore, physician assisted suicide has become a socially acceptable practice. In France, the practice of assisted suicide is viewed negatively and thus this has led to the outlaw of the practice, whereas on the opposite side of the spectrum, mercy killing has been legalized in the Netherlands, leaving the United States within war zone that is the…

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