The Pros And Cons Of Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Register to read the introduction… Nowhere in the Constitution does it state or imply that the government has the right to keep a person from committing suicide. Physician-assisted suicide helps the terminally ill exercise their fundamental freedoms to the right of death. The terminally ill should decide for themselves. Physician-Assisted suicide helps alleviate patient suffering nearing the end of their life. Many other positive things can occur if the patient desires assisted suicide such as their vital organs being donated to other ill patients. Also, the nurse or doctor can move onto another patient that has a chance at living instead of spending their time helping a terminally ill patient wait for the inevitable. Voters in Massachusetts took a poll on what their opinion on Physician-assisted suicide was and, “the results from the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll show that most Americans favor physician-assisted suicide for people with less than six months to live.” (Hensley, 2012). Many of the voters believe that assisted suicide for the terminally-ill people is now more acceptable and think that it is steady and stable. Having an option where the sufferer can end their own life and die with their own dignity is huge. No one should be denied the right to leave this earth if they are in constant and terrible pain. But people were also asked whether Physician-Assisted suicide should be allowed for people in …show more content…
Having this option can give those who are terminally ill a way to die with dignity and not with shame and suffering. There are many people in this world that may have a very legitimate reason to end their life, but are unable to do it by themselves for physical, mental or religious reasons and need assistance to accomplish this. Having a choice of not having to suffer is a big deal to the terminally ill. The patients going through with the procedure can go out being themselves and not a shell of their former self. Besides that patients wants, their Healthcare costs can be reduced severely. The nurse or doctor can move onto another patient that has a chance at living instead of spending their time helping a terminally ill patient. The pain of the patient’s family can be reduced since the suffering they see in their loved one can be alleviated by letting them go. Vital organs can be saved and used to save other patients, which is a big deal considering that if one human dies, another can live. Without physician-assisted suicide, people may commit suicide in messy and horrifying way that can forever traumatize family members into thinking that they could have prevented it. “Physician-assisted suicide should be a lawful medical procedure for competent, terminally ill adults, because it is a compassionate response to relieve the suffering of dying patients.”

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