End Of Life Argumentative Essay

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About 564,800 Americans are expected to die of cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and other terminal illnesses. There are laws that exist to protect the public when facing life situations like an abortion or executing a dead penalty. Advance health care directive is another document for the patients to express their health decisions. Americans should also be protected when a patient’s quality of life is poor, painful, and miserable from a chronic disease. They should be able to obtain the right to end their life with dignity. California recently approved the end of life option act that allows a patient to obtain a doctor’s prescribed lethal dose to finalize their life on earth.…show more content…
The California Hospital Organization reported the approval of the aid in dying bill. California’s new end of life option petition was first signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October 2015 and approved by the legislature to begin on June 09, 2016. This law allows terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal dose of medication to end their cycle of life. Betsy Davis, became one of the first people to end her life with a doctor’s prescription under the California’s assisted suicide law. Betsy Davis had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease which rapidly progresses to affect the nervous system. Like her, there are hundreds of thousands of people in the United States tormented and afflicted by the agony of a terminal…show more content…
Personally, I believe this new law should be supported by the community. Patient’s quality of life slowly deteriorates day by day as their organs start to collapse, causing an unbearable physical pain and emotional distress. They find no joy in life anymore and descend into a deep depression on top of their disease. Additionally, family, friends, and relatives experience the feelings of deep sorrow from witnessing their family member declining to their death. Just as we have rights for many other related matters, it should be now the patient’s final judgment on their health care decision when facing a poor lamentable quality of
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