Why Is Assisted Suicide Be Legalized?

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Ezekial J. Emanuel stated that, “Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are not ends in themselves with intrinsic value. At best they are means to realize the end of a good death or, more accurately, a quality dying experience” (Emanuel, 1999). The Merriam Webster dictionary defines assisted suicide as follows: suicide with help from another person (such as a doctor) to end suffering from severe physical illness. As of 2014 four states in the USA have already legalized assisted suicide. Those states are as follows: Oregon legalized assisted suicide on November 8, 1994, Washington legalized assisted suicide on November 4, 2008, Montana legalized assisted suicide on December 31, 2009, and Vermont legalized assisted suicide on May 20, 2013 …show more content…
Assisted suicide should be legalized to end one’s suffering near death, build better doctor-patient relationships, and give patients the right to choose when and how they want to die.
One reason assisted suicide should be legalized is because it ends one’s near death suffering. Suffering is define as causing a person enduring physical, psychological or psychosocial pain that is intolerable to that person and cannot be relived by any medical treatment acceptable
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Without effective advocacy the infirm patient’s wishes cannot become manifest, and their autonomy is compromised. Empathy therefore serves to maximize autonomy (Berry, 2013). Being able to talk to one’s doctor openly about how they are feeling physically, emotionally and how those feelings are affecting their thought process is very important so the best care can be given to the patient. If assisted suicide was legalized patents would feel like they had more freedom to talk about assisted suicide with it being an option, but since it is not legal there is no point in talking about those feelings since there is nothing that can be done about

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