Doctor Assisted Suicide Research Paper

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Shelley Thomas Dr. McLean Sociology 101 October 16,2012 In this day and age, science, the medical world and technology allow people to live well past their natural life expectancy with a terminal illness. Doctor assisted suicide should definitely be legalized in all parts of the world. People should always be able to make the choice to live or die when they are suffering from a terminal illness. When dealing with the effects of terminal illness, you often times have no more quality of life. Your dignity is slowly ripped away from you day by day. If doctors are allowed to…show more content…
When this type of medical care is practiced, the patient has all treatments terminated and is left to die. This is a very undignified way to end one’s life. The patient’s family will have to watch their loved one have zero quality of life, while lying in a bed, incontinent, unable to eat or talk, just waiting for them to die. This is a very inhumane way to spend the last part of your life, and a terrible way for your family to have to remember you…show more content…
To resort to palliative care is not the right way to end a person’s last days. There is no quality of life when you are lying in bed in a medically induced coma, and no one wants that to be the way their loved ones remember them. Many people across the country can benefit from the use of healthy vital organs donated by the terminally ill patients who opt to take advantage of legalization of doctor assisted suicide. A young child may have a healthy productive live, who otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity without the legalization of assisted suicide. Research has proven that neither patients nor doctors are taking unreasonable advantage of the doctor assisted suicide laws in place in Washington and Oregon. As far as the law leading to the deaths of the poor and disadvantaged, this has been proven not to be true; it is just pure speculation. The laws allowing doctors to assist with suicide for the terminally ill will prevent the failed attempts that some physicians are trying to perform at this time. With all of the medical advances in the world today, making it possible for the terminally ill to live much longer, there needs to be an option for the patient. Doctor assisted suicide definitely needs to be legalized in all of the states in America. A person should no longer have to live with the pain and suffering a terminal illness

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