The Argument Of Assisted Suicide Essay

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Americans will either be opposed or supportive when you mention Physician Assisted Suicide. In fact, 70 percent of Americans support the idea of allowing physicians to end a terminally ill patients life (Pickert, 2009). Although the surprisingly high percentage of supporters, only five states allow the act. Many Americans can understand why states support it, such as allowing terminally ill patients to die on their own terms. (Pickert, 2009). The opposing side although, gives strong points to give a better understanding as to why this is not a federal law, these include, federal ruling stating patients don’t have a constitutional right, doctors personal discourse and prescribing such drugs, also the lower cost of aid-in-dying care opposed to end-of-life care, these help to understand the Federal Governments’ federal policy surrounding this controversial act, or the lack there of. In 1997, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Americans do not have a constitutional right to Physician assisted suicide (Levine, 2014). The Supreme Court also issued two rulings regarding the right to die, one being Washington v. Glucksberg, this case states that the right to assist in committing suicide was not protected by the Due Process Clause (Find Law, 1996). The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment states that a state cannot deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law (Heritage, 1868). Also, Vacco v. Quill was another landmark decision by the…

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