The Morality of Assisted Suicides Essay

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America is a country that allows its citizens to enjoy an abundance of liberties including the right to make many of their own decisions. The United States military stands guard to protect each member's right to personal freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The United States Government has very little to say when it comes to a person’s choices about their life. Americans make decisions for themselves about pregnancies, jobs, education and marital status. It is surprising that among all of the liberty and freedom, one topic that seems to continue to draw controversy and government intervention is physician-assisted suicides. Physician-assisted suicides should be legalized in the United States.
Doctor-assisted death is
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Why is it accepted that an animal should be relieved of pain by euthanizing it but society still views it wrong to alleviate human suffering?
Another argument for physician-assisted suicide is a large number of citizens believe the right to have a physician-assisted death should be a personal choice and that is why some states have already legalized it. According to the Associated Press (2007), "More than 68 percent of Americans believe there are situations when a patient should be allowed to die" (p.1). Currently, Oregon, Montana, and Washington have endorsed doctor-assisted deaths. Oregon’s law took effect in 1998 and over 292 people died under this law in the first year. The law allows terminally ill adults to take life-ending drugs prescribed by a physician provided the patient is still mentally competent (Associated Press, 2007). Montana and Washington have similar conditions for doctor-assisted deaths. These states have already set the precedence that each member has the right to choose how and when they die. Every terminally ill adult should legally have the right to die in their home state with a physician’s help rather than move to a state that has approved the procedure. An example of why doctor-assisted deaths should be a valid option is Matthew Donnelly. According to Andre and Velasquez (2010), “For the past thirty years,
Matthew Donnelly had conducted research on the use of X-rays. Now,

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