Death With Dignity Euthanasia

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During recent years, the conflict in the United States about physician-assisted suicide has increased. Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patient's death by providing the necessary means or information to allow the patient to carry out the life-ending act. “Death with Dignity” is the term most commonly used when referring to these chosen deaths amongst terminally ill patients. The Death with Dignity Act is only available in three different states under a certain set of requirements. Suicide is not the correct term for these acts. Some religions have welcomed Death with Dignity as a basic act of compassion, while other religions reject it for having a complete lack of morals. Many polls have been taken and a lot …show more content…

While physician-assisted suicide is becoming increasingly discussed, considered, and implemented for patients with terminal illness, it is not without debate throughout recent years among the medical and religious communities. Terminally ill patients who choose to die with dignity, despite their illness, must go through rigorous psychological and medical evaluations to satisfy regulatory requirements. If determined eligible, they are prescribed medication and may take it on their own terms while either surrounded by loved ones or peacefully alone. The availability of this option of death has caused quite the controversy among religions and even the medical community. Some choose to accept it, others choose to completely reject it, and some are able to see both sides. Research, personal stories, and polls give an insight to how many individuals feel on this particular issue often swayed by personal experiences. Many view the taking of this prescribed medication as a way of suicide, however, it should not be considered suicide because the individual satisfied both the legal and medical aspects and ultimately always has a choice as to whether or not they take the medication. In his book, The Atlantic, Ezekiel Emanuel says, "Dying at 75 will not be a tragedy, death is a loss... but here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss." Whether we accept death or not, an end to something that has begun is

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