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Euthanasia refers to the practice of ending the life of another person to relieve pain and suffering and is usually performed by a doctor. Legal in Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington to terminal adults, physician-assisted su... ... middle of paper ... ...s, 21 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Rockett, Barbara.
My dream has always been to help people and I have wanted to fulfill that by becoming a physician. However, when I imagine this future, I think of the possibility of surgeries, consultations, and diagnoses but I never considered a huge moral challenge experienced by those in the health care industry – physician assisted suicide (PAS). Having the word suicide in the name immediately gives it a negative connotation and when you first say it to yourself you probably consider it to be another form of murder. Most people could never consider performing it but if you had a patient who was in so much pain and had no chance of survival that by letting them die would relieve them of that, you probably would want to figure out a way to help. For the rest of the paper, I will be talking about PAS from a pro-PAS opinion while questioning those who are against it and their arguments for it.
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If a person has a low quality of life, they may make the decision to end their life because it is no longer worth living or no longer a good life. Over the past half century, the percentage of Americans who say doctors should have a right to help end an incurably ill patient’s life has doubled to about seventy percent. One of the strongest points euthanasia supporters have is the desire for independence, the urge for people to choose a course of action that is based on their personal values. When the person involved is suffering from an intolerable pain, the use of euthanasia is there to relieve them. A supporter of euthanasia might claim that respecting the right of a patient to choose should also include respecting that person’s ch... ... middle of paper ... ...Euthanasia, Pro-Pain Control.” Pregnant Pause.
Lastly, the voice of society which has been giving more support to assisted suicide and euthanasia in the last years. The first reason to allow the legalization of assisted suicide is the autonomy of people. According to Ronald Dworkin (cited in Safranek 1998) right to autonomy is "a right to make important decisions defining their own lives for themselves." Therefore, right-to-die is associated with the right of people to make decisions about their own life. The controversy about this right is that might the patient is not in the right mental state to make choices properly.