Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalized

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Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalized Two thirds of out of 703 people believe if a patient is in a lot of pain, they should get the option of PAS (physician assisted suicide.) The diseases people have could threaten their lives, they could be on their deathbed with days to live. If someone knows they are dying and they are in extreme pain, they should get the choice to be killed by the physician if that is what they really want. Many people wonder when this really started becoming an issue, and what arguments people have for PAS. Depending on their disease, the medications they take, and the statistics of physician assisted suicide, a patient should be able to request PAS from a physician. Physician Assisted Suicide …show more content…
People who have cancer and fight through battles upon battles of chemo and many other symptoms have to live in pain, and some even knowing the outcome that awaits them. Others find this whole idea immoral and say that it should not be allowed at all (Back). But, why would you put someone through pain, if all they really want is peace? That is unfair to the patient. There are medications that the patient can take that will kill them in their sleep, as peaceful as it gets (Lee). There are many cases of drug overdoses related to PAS requests being unfulfilled (Lee). Physician assisted suicide is a way to make sure no harm other than the death the patients want. Most of the medications given to kill the patients are opioids, barbiturates, and potassium chloride (Back). Most people like Mr. Wallace; an interviewed patient, didn’t want to be a burden to his family any longer. He didn’t want people waiting on him hand and foot (Emanuel). Physician Assisted Suicide needs to be more thoroughly discussed amongst the …show more content…
In Oregon PAS has been legalized. 14 out of 15 people got the drug in Oregon to kill them kindly, without any pain (Emanuel). It has been legalized in a few of the states (Grass). Many patients are requesting it more since it has become legalized across the nation. People tend to be half and half when it comes to legalizing physician assisted suicide. It tends to be a few more who are for legalizing it, than those who are against it. All in all, most people think of the pain someone is in, so they should be allowed to do whatever they please. Two thirds of 600 physicians think PAS is acceptable (Lee). Last year, one hundred and fifty six patients requested physician assisted suicide and thirty eight ended up dying from the physician (Lee). This tends to be very secretive because it is illegal in most places. The results of an interview that 80 patients took says, 79% were in pain, 53% had a loss of dignity, 52% had the fear that they would have symptoms that they would not be able to control, 50% were actually in pain, 47% thought that they had no meaning in life anymore, 34% thought that they were a burden to others, and 30% did not want to depend on others to take care of them (Backman). These results came to find out that patients that are actually struggling with the pain from their illness or from treatment, think that physician assisted suicide is unacceptable. Physicians have come to notice that a lot

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