Pro Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

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Physician assisted suicide is something that has been debated all the way back to 1st century B.C. As opinions back then favored physician assisted suicide, opinions in the 12th-15th century did not support it, with the backup of the hippocratic oath. As the years progressed opinions on this subject flipped back and forth. Today, the opinion on physician assisted suicide is on it’s favor. However, there are only five states that allow this practice. Physician assisted suicide should be allowed in all fifty states. Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is legal in California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana. Since these states have ruled in favor of PAS there has not been an overuse or malpractice of this law. All five states have a very strict set of qualifications which you must meet even before being able to visit with a doctor. These qualifications are: being of 18 years or older, a resident of said state, capable of making life altering decisions on their own, have a terminal illness with 6 or less months left, and physically capable of administering the drug themselves. After you meet all of these qualifications, you must get approved by a …show more content…

There are countless stories of those who get declined for this who end up committing suicide in a less dignified manner. Most of those who ask for PAS just want to end their pain and suffering surrounded by loved ones in a dignified manner. I have read several stories where due to the decline of PAS, they choose to go out by shooting themselves, or suffocating themselves, ect,. Doctors rolls are seen as being healers, but, that roll should be switched to relievers if there is no option of healing. However, saying that doctors should do and must do it are two different statements. I would like to make it clear that I do not believe that all doctors should have to participate in PAS, only those who want

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