Should Physician Assisted Suicide Be Legal? Essay

1130 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Savannah Detwiler: Should Physician-assisted suicide be legal?
“I 'm not afraid of being dead. I 'm just afraid of what you might have to go through to get there.”(Pamela Bone) Physician-assisted suicide is a fiercely debated topic in today 's age. One side is for assisted suicide, compassion for the dying and those suffering a strong reason for their support. While other people are against it, their belief sometimes being its playing god or that it 's just plain wrong to kill someone, no matter the circumstance. Physician-assisted suicide is not killing someone out of malice, it’s a way to painlessly end the suffering for someone out of compassion. Physician-assisted suicide should be legal in every state because the terminally ill should be able to end their own suffering.
Terminally ill patients that have no chance of surviving are having their suffering prolonged because assisted suicide is illegal. They live in pain as their life slowly fades away, living in agony until their inevitable death. Why should they not be able to end it if they are consenting? Brittany Maynard underwent assisted suicide on November 1, 2014. Here, she explained her choice of undergoing the lethal medication. “I believe this choice is ethical, and what makes it ethical is it is a choice. The patient can change their mind up to the last minute.”(Maynard) Patients aren’t being pressured by doctors or family members to undergo assisted suicide, it’s the patient 's own will. They can back out at…

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