Essay about The Practice Of Physician Assisted Suicide

3162 Words Jan 29th, 2015 13 Pages
Olivia Brady
Haedtler
AP Language and Composition, Period 6
29 January 2015
Death With Dignity: An In Depth Look on the Practice of Physician Assisted Suicide In 2014, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old Californian, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. As there was no possible cure for her disease, Maynard sought physician-assisted suicide to die on her own terms. Because there currently is no law in California allowing physician assisted suicide (PAS), Maynard uprooted her entire life and moved to Oregon, where PAS is legal. In November of the same year, she peacefully ended her life. Before her death, Maynard voiced her support for the legalization of PAS saying, “There 's tons of Americans who don 't have time or the ability or finances [to relocate to places where it is legal] and I don 't think that 's right or fair...I believe this choice is ethical, and what makes it ethical is that it is a choice”(People Magazine). Physician assisted suicide should be made a legal option in all of the United States in order to ensure that individuals who are suffering and terminally ill can be allowed a dignified death.
Physician assisted suicide, contrary to common belief, is not the same as euthanasia. Euthanasia is a broad term, meaning the intentional ending of a life to relieve pain and suffering. This could very well include a third party killing a terminally ill patient even though the person gave no consent. Euthanasia usually involves going against the will of the…

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