Physician Assisted Suicide

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Life is never guaranteed and whether it is through an illness or an accident, we as humans are eventually going to die. Physicians Assisted suicide is one of the most controversial issues. The issue of doctor-assisted suicide has been the subject of the heated dispute in recent years. While some oppose the idea that a physician should aid in ending a life, others believe that physicians should be permitted in helping a patient to end his or her unbearable suffering when faced with a terminal illness. Furthermore, Physician-assisted suicide should be legal; it should be the patient’s right to decide when and how he or she should die. People have argued that physician assisted suicide is not ethical because it goes against the traditional…show more content…
The government is saying that physicians are role models and should be viewed as people who save lives, not people who take life away. Opponents contend that physician-assisted suicide undermines doctors’ roles in society. According to American Medical Association, “Allowing physicians to participate in assisted suicide would cause more harm than good” (Fuller). The community looks up to doctors, especially the sickly elders. They might be influenced to seek help in easing their suffering. Another reason against physician-assisted suicide is the idea that if assisted suicide becomes legal, it will get out of hand and target certain people in society. Professor Patricia King states, “Many Americans, particularly the poor, the disabled, the elderly, and members of racial, ethnic minorities- worry that they will be viewed as throwaway people,” (Right to Die).…show more content…
They must deal with psychological suffering, having to bear six months of their life, having uncontrollable spasms, vomiting and in some cases seizures with no recollection of memories. In January 17, a patient name Maynard was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain tumor, which are tumors that grows in supportive tissue of the brain, that can reproduce and spread anywhere in the brain and travel down to the body at a fast pace because it is in the brain cell. “Some of the symptoms are Vomiting, weakness on one side of the body, memory and/or speech difficulties, and visual changes” (Brain Tumor Symptoms, Treatment, Support). She decided to move to Oregon to partake in the physician-assisted suicide, which is the only state in the U.S to legalize it (Chronology right To Die).She would eventually lose all her motor functions and she suffered from numerous seizures, which caused her to be paralyzed. She had to watch a piece of her self-taken away everyday by this disease. She should be allowed to have aid from a physician because no one should have to go through all that
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