Clearly, opponents maintain the idea that if physician assisted suicide were to be passed, doctors would be violating their role in a patients’ life, and violating a doctors’ Hippocratic Oath. However, it must also be recognized t...
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...minally ill patients’ quality of life deteriorates. As humans, we have been denied the basic right to die whenever we have become victims of a horrendous circumstance which is a terminal illness. Barbara Huttmann, a nurse, posed the question, “[Do] we really believe that we [have] the right to force ‘life’ on a suffering man who had begged for the right to die” (817)? We Americans, of all people, should be more open minded to the idea of legalizing physician assisted suicide, because we are the supposed nation of the free. We idolize the fancy terminology of the pursuit of happiness and the right to choose our own life, yet we don’t have the right to a death with dignity? It is okay if one would never choose physician assisted suicide for themselves or for a family member, but do not deny the option for others as well. Physician assisted suicide should be legalized.
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