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sight, and who is in constant pain should have the right to commit physician assisted suicide to coincide with their agreeing wishes. Unnecessary suffering in patients is deemed as cruel, and patients with the justification, like Matthew Donnelly, should have the legal means to obtain assisted suicide, within the country of the United States. It is argued that physician assisted death is not a matter that should be decided by the government, but is one that is considered deeply personal and should be left to the patient to conclude. Also as seen in the Oregon state case, which is required to keep records of all citizens that choose assisted death and the physicians who facilitate this choice, the passed legislation of the Death with Dignity Act has not been abused by any one social demographic. Physician Assisted Suicide Legalization of physician assisted suicide would mean the lawful prescribing of lethal medical medications by physicians to terminally ill patients. These terminally ill patients then self-administer the medications to aide in their process of committing suicide. Forty seven states within the U.S. have not legalized physician assisted suicide thereby deeming it not only unlawful but unethical as well. Many physicians believe that by aiding in the suicide of their patients they are directly violating the Hippocratic Oath they swore when they began practicing. Which essentially states that as a practicing doctor one must value the sanctity of human life above all else and must do no harm to patients. Many people believe legalizing physician assisted suicide would eventually cause a decline in quality palliative care due to euthanasia being the less involved choice for the terminally ill. It is also believed that if assisted suicide were to be legalized within the United States that it could become a choice that could easily be abused by both doctors and patients alike, and thus could open a doorway to other forms of euthanasia such as, involuntary or non- voluntary assisted death.
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  • Fall '12
  • Ernst
  • Law, Suicide methods

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