Essay on The Issue Of Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

1485 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
"The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” There seems to be no better time than now during which Thomas Jefferson’s words remain relevant, with a growing majority of the public supporting the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. These terms refer to methods of administering lethal medications by a physician to terminate the life of a patient. It is self evident that good government must care for the life of its citizens and must do anything in its power to prevent assisted suicide methods from corrupting healthcare. The editorial Dying Cause by the Discovery Institute, a public policy think tank, exposes the flaws in current assisted suicide programs within the US. Additionally, The Atlantic article, Whose Right to Die? by Ezekiel Emanuel, examines several of the misconceptions associated with the legalization of assisted suicide methods and addresses the failures of current measures that have already taken place. Furthermore, the National Review has published the short blurb Suicide Contagion is Real to bring to light the social implications of widespread suicide. With strong support from several reputable sources, it is clear that Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide subject more economic, moral, and social harms on society than benefits and should not be legalized in the United States.
Primarily, legalizing assisted suicide would allow suicide to become a means…

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