The Controversy Of Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

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The Controversy of Physician Assisted Suicide According to the Constitution every person has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The statement means no one needs permission to live and each person has the right to do what make him or her happy even if it means dying (Bowden 36). There are many people throughout the United States that believe Physician Assisted Suicide is wrong, however, there are also many people who believe it is a human right. The controversy of PAS can be understood by learning what it is and where it occurs, why it should be legal, and why it should not be legal. PAS occurs when a physician can prescribes a lethal drug to a terminally ill patient who has six months or less to live (“Physician”). This lethal drug will end the patient 's life. PAS is not a action given by all physicians in the state that it is legal in. Physicians who do not feel that PAS is right are not required to prescribe the lethal medicine. The lethal medicine is only prescribed by willing physicians (“Physician”). Once the lethal drug is prescribed, the patient will then have it and will have access to it when he or she is ready to take it. The patient who wishes for PAS will give him or herself the lethal drug when he or she are ready to end his or her life. PAS is not legal in all states; however, it is legal in Oregon, Vermont, Washington and California (“Physician”). It is also an option in Montana with a court decision (“Physician”). In Oregon the…

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