Physician Assisted Suicide For The Terminally Ill

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One of the utmost debated concerns in the United States is physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Several people consider it exceedingly unethical and unfair for patients to ask and/or plead for their health care provider to end their life; whereas others feel it is their right and within their power to be able to choose how and when they die. The supporters of physician-assisted suicide believe it should be legalized because the thought of living dependently on someone else and becoming a burden is dreadful. They also feel it is inhumane to force someone to go through the suffering and/or excruciating pain caused by terminal illness. Supporters believe that everyone has the right to a dignified death on their own terms. Those who contend with assisted suicide believe this practice goes against most of, if not all, religious beliefs and medical ethics. Those against assisted-suicide tend to believe a patient has a fighting chance of overcoming an illness, or that there was a misdiagnosis given by a doctor. Whether or not assisted suicide for the terminally ill in the United States should be legalized is a controversial debate because there are religious objections, worries about abused power and no law to protect someone’s right to die. One of the most heated arguments about assisted-suicide is whether patients legally have the right to die. There are no federal laws in place for euthanasia but the action is forbidden under broad homicide laws. It is prevalent for assisted-suicide circumstances to be taken care of mostly at the state-level. A well-publicized example of this was in Morris v. New Mexico the New Mexico Second Judicial District in a Jan. 13, 2014 ruling by Judge Nan Nash stated: This Court cannot envision... ... middle of paper ... ... view. Physician-assisted suicide also known as the aid in dying movement and the right-to-die movement is one of the most controversial debates in the history of the United States of America. This will continue to be a heated debate for as long as people take into consideration moral/medical ethics, palliative care options, and religious beliefs. Everyone has a varied belief, whether it be for religious, personal, or medical reasons. If assisted-suicide laws remain handled at the state level, there will continue to be speculation on a nation-wide scale because the law will vary from one state to another and there will be no federal law to support a states ruling. Until there is a federal law stating whether or not physician-assisted suicide-to terminally-ill patients is legal or illegal in the United States this controversy will be continue to be widely discussed.
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