The Death With Dignity Act Essay

1886 Words May 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
You 're lying in a hospital bed. Your body motionless due to the heavy pain medication, you 've been like this for what seems like forever. The only people that come to see you anymore are the nurses that take care of your body. Are you even alive anymore? Surprisingly enough this is how some terminally ill patients spend their final days. California Medical Association board concludes that “despite the remarkable medical breakthroughs we’ve made and the world-class hospice or palliative care we can provide, it isn’t always enough”. After all treatments have tried and failed; what is left? In many states there is no other option; you are left to ride it out until the end of your life. At this time, four states in America have passed a law allowing a physician to administer you a medication that will allow you to be able to decide when and where they would like to pass. The Death with Dignity Act legalized in all states will ensure all suitable patients a peaceful death.
There is a difference between euthanasia and assisted death, although, many use the terms interchangeably. The main difference is who administers the lethal dose to end a patient’s life. Euthanasia is where a physician performs the act that ends a patient’s life; whereas assisted death is a way to let a patient perform the act themselves and the physician aids solely in writing the prescription. In general, assisted death is viewed in a more positive light than euthanasia attributing to the person…

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