Essay on Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal

1489 Words Apr 14th, 2016 null Page
In 2014, physician assisted suicide accounted for 0.21% of deaths in the United States. This means that less than 1% of all deaths in the country consisted of terminally ill patients choosing to have the final say in the way that they die. That makes you think though, would the percentage have been higher if assisted suicide were legal in all 50 states? In states where bills regarding the legalization of assisted suicide have not been passed, terminal patients either take their own life or must chose to live in a prolonged state of pain until their body physically cannot take it anymore. Although all of these options are difficult for both the patient and their loved ones who feel as if they cannot do anything to help them, many families say that they would rather not see someone that they love in pain even if it meant them choosing assisted suicide. Prolonging the inevitable death of a terminally ill patient also causes a large strain on the U.S. economy. Physician assisted suicide should be legal in all 50 states because it’s often easier on the families of the terminally ill, it would end up costing the government less, and it allows for patients to take control of a situation that they previously had no control over. Physician assisted suicide is an option that is only available for patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The patient must be over the age of 18, be a resident in a state where assisted suicide is legal, and be expected to have 6 or less…

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