Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

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Physician Assisted suicide seems like an oxymoron at first glance. The common perception is that doctors assist people in health and sustaining life, not ending it. Should doctors be allowed to prescribe a patient medicine that will kill them, so they can die in peace? There are currently five states in the U.S. that support the idea of physician-assisted suicide. The support of this idea started in Oregon, when the people, of that state, voted for it to be legalized. After Oregon came the state of Washington. The states that followed Oregon and Washington, in this charge, were Montana, New Mexico, and Vermont. I believe I can give strong reasons why physician-assisted suicide should not be restricted. Currently, brutally killing yourself is not illegal anywhere, doctors are legally killing their patients in every state and having a plan to end your life could be a great value to the loved ones you leave behind. Why not make it legal in every state? In order for someone to have a physician-assisted suicide they must be terminally ill. The proper definition of being terminally ill is, “someone that has an illness that they cannot recover from.” This means that, no matter how much traditional medicine they take, how much radiation, or chemotherapy they get, the patient has a very small chance or no chance at all to live. A doctor has determined that nothing they can do to you can save you so therefore you have no chance for survival. Since physician assisted suicide is not considered a normal suicide, doctors say it is the same as dying of natural causes. The most popular physician assisted suicide patient, today, is Brittney Maynard. Brittney was a 29-year-old married woman that was from California. When she heard the tragic news, she had recently gotten married, and she and her husband were trying to start a family. She learned that she had Stage IV Glioblastoma

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