Physician-Assisted Suicide is Illegal in 46 States

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Envision someone lying in a hospital bed hooked up to several machines. There are doctors and nurses coming in constantly to check up on them while they are trying to get what little sleep they can through the pain, fatigue, and the slow wasting away of their body due to some sort of rare disease. On top of that they are suffering from side effects from countless drugs, constipation, delirium, and they can barely breathe. They have no appetite because they are constantly nauseated or throwing up. Their doctor has given them no chance of survival and they only have a few weeks left to live. They have said their goodbyes and they have come to terms with dying. They are prepared to meet their assumed maker. Now if someone had the chance to choose how their life ended would they take advantage of it? In March of 1998, a woman suffering with cancer did. She became the first person known to die under the law on physician-assisted suicide in the state of Oregon when she took a lethal dose of drugs. This law does not include people who are on a life support system and it also does not include those who have not voluntarily asked physicians to help them commit suicide. Many people worry that legalizing doctor assisted suicide appears irrational and violates the life-saving tradition of medicine and people argue that the reason why some terminally ill patients yearn to commit suicide is nothing more than depression. Physician-Assisted Suicide would lessen the human life or end the suffering and pain of those on the verge of dying; Physician-Assisted Suicide needs to be figured out for those in dire need of it or for those fighting against it. Physician-Assisted Suicide is currently illegal in 46 states; however it is legal in Vermont, Washi... ... middle of paper ... ...at more people agreed with Physician-Assisted suicide because it may be a better solution or a better option for those in need of it. Overall, that is why so many people believe in the legalization of Physician-Assisted suicide because it not only cherishes the sick patient’s wishes, but alleviates all of the pain surrounding the terrible situation. Moreover, being in a situation such as watching a family member deteriorate due to a terrible disease can cause many people to help out as much as they can. No one wants to witness another human being fighting a hopeless fight. Any caring person would want to give a sick patient a “sword” to fight back their incurable disease. Physician-assisted suicide becoming legalized would grant that “sword” to the terminally ill patient. They would be able to fight their disease the way they want to. No more pain, just freedom.
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