Currently, there are terminally ill patients lying in hospital beds fighting off agonizing, unendurable pain, who desire the autonomy to direct their fate. These terminally ill patients are begging to be put out of their misery and “it is cruel and inhumane to refuse their pleas” (Andre & Velasquez, para. 4). These patients cannot control any bodily acts much less pain; they’ve lost their autonomy and have nothing but more grueling pain awaiting them. For this re...
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...f this pain has become too unbearable? It is then the physician 's duty to alleviate the terminally ill patient’s pain once and for all through death if they voluntarily request this method.
Only five states, Oregon, Montana, Washington, New Mexico, and Vermont, have existing assisted suicide laws. Patients should not have to move across the country to be able to participate in aid-in-dying laws. Assisted suicide should be legal in all states. Patients should be to go to the hospital caring for them to request aid-in-dying not across state lines. Citizens have the natural born right to choose what they do what their body as long as they are not harming any other citizens. Therefore, terminally ill patients should be able to choose how and when they die because it is their natural born right, and no one would choose to die without their autonomy, freedom, and dignity.
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