An Essay About Euthanasia And Euthanasia

2120 Words Jun 1st, 2015 9 Pages
Peri Kraus
American Politics
Professor D. Kupfer
May 18, 2015
The Right to Die
The Right to die, also known as Euthanasia, refers to various issues related to the decision of whether an individual should be allowed to choose to die when the other option is for him or her to continue living with the aid of life support, or in a diminished or handicapped state. It also refers to the idea that a person with a terminal illness should be allowed to commit suicide before death occurs or should have the right to refuse to have his or her life extended by artificial or heroic means. Such actions may be done by withdrawing feeding tubes and other artificial means of life support from a terminally ill person. The concept of the right to die is often referred to as dying with dignity. Therefore, when a patient is forced to undergo any sort of serious treatment, any decision regarding their care can be revealed ahead of time by executing a living will or a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. Usually patients exercising the right to die will have also made explicit their wish to receive only palliative care to reduce pain and suffering. The existence of the right to die is encompassed and protected by the Fourteenth Amendment which grants the personal choice, made by a mentally competent, terminally ill adult to commit physician-assisted suicide and therefore, should be upheld as a law of the United States of America.
Throughout history, advocates for the right to die movement, have…

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