Assisted Suicide Should Be Managed

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Assisted Suicide Brittany Maynard was twenty-nine years old, she had been married for a year when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Doctors gave her a prognosis of six months to live. After that, Brittany and her family decided to move to Oregon to take advantage of the Death with Dignity Act. On November 1, 2014, Maynard decided to end her life. Assisted suicide is a controversial topic that has been debated for many years. In a few countries, this procedure has already been legalized. There are many individuals that think it is wrong, and that no one has the right to end a person’s life. On the other hand, some people believe that if a person wants to avoid suffering, it is wrong to go against that person’s will. Physicians are also…show more content…
Assisted suicide, is defined as providing a person with the knowledge required to commit suicide, including counselling about lethal doses of drugs, prescribing such lethal doses or supplying the drugs (Euthanasia and assisted suicide). The definition of euthanasia, is performing an act that is explicitly intended to end another person’s life (Euthanasia and assisted suicide). People that think physician assisted suicide should be legalized, believe that the patient have the freedom to choose how they want to die. Andrew Solomon, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University, is an advocate of assisted suicide; and he has given his point of view in various debates. “Because much of modern medicine prolongs not living but dying, we need to rethink death itself” (Andrew Solomon). One of the things that advocates of physician assisted suicide consider most important, is the patient’s will to die. Many individuals think that it is wrong to go against that will. Terminal patients have the right to decide whether they want to try a life saving treatment, or refuse it. “While no one should be pressed into assisted dying, no one should be categorically denied that right. It 's about dignity” (Andrew Solomon). Another factor why people believe patients should be given the right to assisted suicide, is money. Certainly, everyone would pay what is necessary in order to save the life of the ones they love. Although money might not be the priority at that
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