Medically Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalized

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Death is something that many are afraid of facing. For others, it is their only way to be remembered with dignity. This topic is relevant since more and more people are beginning to question the line between the value of someone's life and their emotions about the situation. Medically assisted dying should be considered a right because everyone deserves their dignity, a choice, and their right to stay pain-free. Just as how people are given names, they develop their own identities, which can be forgotten when a medical condition is taking over them. These people, along with all others need to understand that their medical condition does not define who they are as a person or take the place of their name, and that they can die with dignity. Although some may say that people can feel pressured by family members to apply for this type of procedure however, it is really the patient's personal decision that overpowers them all. Others may also say that some may be too young or mentally incapacitated to request it, but if a patient is on the verge of death, they already have the experience of their pain that was felt, which gives them the direct knowledge of a possibility of how their death is going to occur. A public opinion poll by Angus Reid showed that 80% of Canadians support the right of grievously ill patients to have medical assistance to die. With medically assisted dying legalized, patients would be able to die the way they want to, surrounded by the ones they love, as themselves instead of dying a slow, painful death caused by their medical condition. "Control gives peace of mind, and sometimes that is all that is needed." If someone with a medical condition does not want to let death wait any longer, they need access for t... ... middle of paper ... ...e idea experienced the different types of pain firsthand, perhaps they would change their opinion about medically assisted dying. Enabling patients with the option of medically assisted dying not only allows individuals to be entitled to a peaceful death, but it is also a desire to have suffering ended now rather than having patients living the few remaining days of more suffering and debility. Until doctors and the general public are educated, this will continue to be a controversial topic that questions values and ethics. Works Cited http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/09/25/robyn-urback-take-it-from-dr-donald-low-canadians-should-have-access-to-physician-assisted-suicide/ http://www.worldrtd.net/news/most-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-favor-right-die http://www.dyingwithdignity.ca/learn/assisted-death-the-facts-and-arguments/ten-reasons-to-support-choice

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