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their lives on their terms would be making an infringement on that patient’s right to life. The previous statement shows support for Youk’s decision. If every person in America has the right to life, that should mean doctors who help patients end it on their terms should not be restricted by laws. Thomas Bowden, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, uses this same argument to help support euthanasia. He gave an interpretation of the Declaration statement by saying, “You need no one’s permission to live, and that
no one may forcibly obstruct your efforts to achieve your own personal happiness.” Sincethat is clearly what the Declaration is trying to say, doctors should not be held accountable for a patient wanting to commit suicide. If terminally ill patients were not allowed to use that right in the hospital, then that would basically be saying their life no longer belongs to them, and that they only exist by permission, not by their own choice. Every terminally ill patient has the right to decide how and when he or she will end his orher life. The decision is entirely up to the person because it is his or her life. If doctors respect their patients’ wishes, then they should not be looked down upon for providing assistance in ending the patient’s life (Bowden 2). To take away a person’s right to life is wrong and immoral, which is why medically assisted suicide should be legalized in this country.Medically assisted suicide to some people, including myself, is seen as an act of mercy on the terminally ill patient in agony. All doctors should be supportive of this because no family wants to see a family member suffer more than he or she truly needs to. Whenever a family has to sit back and watch a loved one suffer, it takes a big toll on them, which is why any family with a terminally ill patient should be willing to let that person make the decision. Whether the patient is in a coma or has a lethal disease, all terminally ill patients should be given the choice to continue their lives any longer. Many doctors already follow this code because they feel it is their job to help their patients in any way they possibly can. Margery Fridstein, a psychological counselor from Colorado, closely followed the story of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. All Dr. Kevorkian did was help his patient die with dignity. Fridstein, along with others, wondered why Dr. Kevorkian was not given more support for doing what he and many other doctors believed was right. Dr.
Kevorkian’s belief is “Dying is not a crime,” so since dying clearly is not a crime, then medically assisted suicide should not be illegal (Fridstein 1).
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English, Voluntary euthanasia, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Right to die