Argumentative Essay On Physician Assisted Suicide

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Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old that had terminal brain cancer, was an advocate for the “death with dignity” that terminally ill patients should be able to receive medication that will allow patients to die on their own terms. In her editorial for CNN, she explained, “Having this choice at the end of my life has become incredibly important. It has given me a sense of peace during a tumultuous time that otherwise would be dominated by fear, uncertainty and pain” (Maynard, “My Right to Death with Dignity at 29”). For Brittany, having the choice to decide when and where her last moments would be was crucial for her as that choice is important for many other terminally ill patients who are denied that choice because physician-assisted suicide and…show more content…
Micah Issitt and Heather Newton suggested, "In cases where the quality of life cannot be improved, assisted suicide provides a dignified option to avoid suffering” (Issitt and Newton, "Counterpoint: Assisted Suicide Is a Civil Right”). The quality of those patients’ lives should be highly taken into consideration when hearing arguments against allowing patients to choose physician-assisted suicide. Denying assisted suicide to release those who are suffering from terminal illness is unkind, but also, cruel (Grayling, “It Is Compassionate to Permit Assisted Suicide”). By allowing the choice of physician-assisted suicide, patients will have the compassionate option of ending their suffering if they chose to want that option. Grayling pointed out, “It is not mere quantity of life that matters, but its quality; and since dying is a living act, the quality of experience at the end of life is the overriding consideration” (Grayling, “It Is Compassionate to Permit Assisted Suicide”). The idea that the length of one 's length, no matter how painful it may be, is a greater kindness than allowing someone is end his or her own suffering is a cruel mistake (Grayling, “It Is Compassionate to Permit Assisted Suicide”). The quality of one 's life, no matter how shortened, outweighs the quantity of one 's life. The quality of a patient’s life should be a focus when considering the legalization of physician-assisted

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