Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Are Not Steps Down a Slippery Slope
Life and death, one can not exist without the other. No person can live without someday having to face death and no person can die without having lived. The following information should assist you to consider the rights, that as citizens of the United States, we should have when facing issues which surround the treatment that involves the end of life care. All people should be entitled to their beliefs and also should have the right to make individual choices that could affect them if they are faced with a life threatening injury or terminal illness.
The pro-choice stance regarding physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia is not about advocating death. These beliefs are more about striving for ways to make better end of life care available and the right to make decisions which pertain to our individual being. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in all of our states would not become steps down a slippery slope.
Working as a nurse for twenty-five years, I have compassionately cared for many individuals at the time of their deaths. I realize that illness, injury, and death are never easy subjects to discuss, but the importance of talking about these issues can not be stressed enough. These types of discussions are important so that the decisions which face us in regards to these matters will be left in the hands of those to which these decisions pertain and to those persons closest to them. Not all the choices that I wish to discuss are legal at this time. The options of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide need to be taken into consideration for the possible reformation of our existing laws which have to do with the end of life affairs. At this time in the United States, Oregon is the only state that has passed laws legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
Having a clear understanding of what euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide mean is...