Many disagree with it but I personally believe it should be up to the patient and his/her doctor to decide what is best for their life. I would say it would be considered as ethical egoism. I don’t agree with physician-assisted-suicide being illegal. I understand that someone’s death affects many people but I do believe that at the end it should be the patient’s choice. If I were terminally ill, I would not want to suffer just to suffer.
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Should Physician-Assisted Suicide be Legalized Pamela Rhodes PHI 103 Instructor: Todd Hughes May 7, 2012 Should Physician-Assisted Suicide be Legalized? Should we, as a society pass laws that sanction assisted suicide? This question has sparked intense moral controversy as far back as ancient Greece and is now a significant topic that concerns people all over the United States. Opponents to assisted suicide would say no one has the right to end a life except God. On the other hand, proponents would argue that many terminally ill people deal with agonizing and unrelenting pain on a daily basis and the compassionate thing to do would be to put an end to their loved one’s suffering.
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31).Conversely, no-one can be appropriately assigned the right to say life-saving means should be abandoned because someone else determines that a patient is an excessive burden or that it costs too much to treat a condition. Humans deserve the right to life, even if that life is not what others may judge as a good one. The government and doctors’ cannot decide who lives and dies by passing a law that relieves patients of their rights. Mankind’s right to die has been extensively discussed; however, passing laws in support of physician-assisted suicide takes that option from the patient and puts into the hands of those who may not have the patient’s best interest in mind. This topic is bigger than allowing a loved one to go softly from life, it involves too much room for the abuse of the nation’s elderly, mentally ill, and poor, which should not, and cannot be allowed to