Arguments Against Medically Assisted Suicide

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The Argument Essay: Yes to Medically Assisted Suicide! Terminally-ill people should have the right to medically assisted suicide. A person should have the choice of deciding whether or not they want to continue living if they know they only have a lifetime of pain and suffering ahead of them. Medically assisted suicide will not be the first choice a patient receives to fight their terminal illness; it will be the last resort if all else is futile. Many people are against medically assisted suicide because they feel it goes against a doctor’s code of ethics but not allowing a patient to have options is unfair to them; let them decide what they want for themselves. Why would someone want to continue living if they know that they only had a few months to live? Someone has a terminal illness like cancer; the patient is restricted from doing what they love most in their daily lives, the chemotherapy treatments are not working for…show more content…
Euthanasia is "the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy and the physician performs the intervention” (Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate). Medically assisted suicide is patient induced and the patient is evaluated before making such a hasty decision, “they would have to make the request twice verbally and then make a written, witnessed request. Two doctors would have to confirm the terminal diagnosis and that the patient was mentally competent to make medical decisions,” (BU Today). This process alone shows that medically assisted suicide is a well thought out act and allows the patient to decide whether they want to follow through the suicide or not. Marcia Angell, a senior lecturer at Harvard, “prefers to call it ‘physician-assisted dying’ because it should be distinguished from the usual suicide, in which someone with a normal life expectancy chooses death over life,” (BU

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