Essay on Why Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal Across The Us

1485 Words Jan 12th, 2015 6 Pages
Diana Pretty was suffering terribly from a terminal illness and all she requested was to receive help from her loving husband as well as a physician to commit “Assisted Suicide” and she was denied. Diana and her husband were stunned when they got their answer. They did not understand why she was denied the right to choose her quality of life when her only other choice was to die slowly and painfully while her terminal illness killed her more and more daily. Diana Pretty as well as many others deserve the right to die with dignity in a respectful manner. Those who are suffering immensely deserve the right to CHOOSE and that is exactly why assisted suicide by a physician with permission from the patient should be legal across the U.S. for the terminally ill.

A terminal illness is a disease that cannot be cured or adequately treated and that is reasonably expected to result in the death of the patient within a short period of time. The term terminal illness is more commonly used for progressive diseases such as cancer or advanced heart disease than for trauma. Assisted suicide by a physician is pretty self explanatory but to be specific it is the voluntary termination of one’s life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician and is often referred to an abbreviated version, PAS.

Physician assisted suicide for a patient with a terminal illness and “pulling the plug” for a patient that is brain dead are very similar,…

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