Essay on Physician Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal

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Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is the intentional termination of a human 's life, at the explicit request of the one who dies, with the aid of a physician. Should a person have the right to take another person 's life or his own when he/she is incurably ill and in pain? There are many things that go along with assisted suicide more than just why it should or should not be legal.
PAS is legal in five U.S. states, California, Vermont, Oregon, Washington, in these states it is mandated by state law but in Montana, it is mandated by court ruling. Individuals are required to have a terminal illness as well as a prediction of six or less months to live. Doctors cannot be accused for prescribing medication to hurry the death.
There are different regulations in every state listed above. For instance, in California, the patient requesting the act must submit two oral desires, at least fifteen days apart, and a written desire to his or her physician that will be performing the act. In Oregon, the doctor must be an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) or a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy). They must be licensed to exercise medicine by the Board of Medical Examiners for the state of Oregon.
Some people think that euthanasia and Physician-assisted suicide are the same thing, by definition they are actually different. There are two different kinds of euthanasia, one being active euthanasia and the other passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia is the active acceleration of a "good" death by use of…

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