Should Physician-Assisted Death be Legalized in the United States

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Radical assumptions have been made on whether or not physician-assisted death should be legalized in the United States because of its citizens’ uncertainty about this delicate subject. Physician-assisted suicide is the method by which an individual is provided with the drugs or equipment needed to commit suicide. The terms “aid in dying” or “death with dignity” are preferred over “suicide” due to their distinction from "suicide," where assisted or not, it remains illegal while “aid in dying” is permitted. This allows for the patient to have control over their life and have the right to be able to choose whether to live a life filled with tedious pain and/or suffering, or end their misery and be able to rest in peace.

While euthanasia is not completely legal in the United States, with some exceptions, the unmistakable truth is still present because even though this form of ending one’s life is not available nationwide, desperate people in search of relief attempt to end their lives themselves. A survey taken in 2005 shows that there were a total of 32,637 suicides in the United ...

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