Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

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Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Assisted suicide is one of the most controversial topics discussed among people every day. Everyone has his or her own opinion on this topic. This is a socially debated topic that above all else involves someone making a choice, whether it be to continue with life or give up hope and die. This should be a choice that they make themselves. However, In the United States, The land of the free, only one state has legalized assisted suicide. I am for assisted suicide and euthanasia. This paper will support my many feelings on this subject. ?Physician Assisted Suicide is when a physician supplies information and/or means of committing suicide. This can be a prescription for a lethal dose of sleeping pills or a supply of carbon monoxide gas. These are just some examples of what a physician might give to a patient requesting to be assisted in committing suicide. ? ?Active Euthanasia involves causing the death of a person through direct action, in response to a request from that person. Involuntary Euthanasia is used to describe the killing of a person who has not explicitly requested aid in dying. This is most often done to patients who are in a persistent vegetative state and will probably never recover consciousness. ? To have assisted suicide/euthanasia legalized there would have to be some guidelines that would have to be set in place. It would have to be determined that he/she is terminally ill, or if they are suffering with an incurable pain. Also, they may have lost the capability to do things they once did in their everyday lives. Also, the patient would have to be of sound mind and free from depression. After these criteria are met then assisted suicide should be considered. Ethics is an issue that is involved here. It is often argued that physician assisted may be a possible choice that a person who is suffering from an incurable disease might have to make. They may be suffering due to the symptoms of their disease. A doctor?s main priority is to make his or her patients feel better. However, there are cases where a doctor can only do so much. There are some ailments that they can?t make go away with a pill or needle filled with an anti-biotic. In these cases that can?t be cured, assisted suicide or euthanasia are the only options. Either they die a slow painful death being kept ali... ... middle of paper ... ... care about living more then anything in the world so it is very difficult for me to say just give up and die, but I also never want to see a person in constant pain that is only temporarily cured by modern medicine. It?s not giving up and dying when the individual is going to die a slow a painful death. I see it as realizing the inevitable and that life is worth living only when it can be enjoyed. In conclusion I can understand where the activists on assisted suicide and euthanasia stand. I am a compassionate person who cares about others feelings and I enjoy the life I am living. Freedom is a strong word. Freedom is often associated with the United States, but I feel as though every human being that has not been able to end their life when they were suffering from incurable pain. They are being cheated out of something that any able-bodied individual can do at this very second if they wanted to. They are not free to do as they wish. I am for assisted suicide not because of what it stands for, but because it is a right that we have as an individual. In the end though it is a choice that should be up to the patient. They have the right to decide whether they live or die.

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