Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

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On September 9th, the state assembly in California approved the End of Life Option Act, which allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with the assistance of a physician. According to the legislature, patients who seek assisted-death must only have six months to live and are required to submit a written request as well as two oral requests at least 15 days apart. (Reilly). While Gov. Jerry Brown still has yet to approve this new law, the act has shed light on the topic of euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide. With the pending status of the law, the question remains on whether or not the act should be passed and if so should the US take initiative and begin to legalize assisted-death in other states. Currently, euthanasia is illegal in every state; however, physician-assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, Washington, Vermont New Mexico, and Montana (article). Given its rather controversial nature, the issue of legalizing assisted-death has divided certain stakeholders on each side of the issue and contains strong proponents and opponents for this ethical and legal debate. Obviously, the proponents and opponents of legalizing euthanasia/assisted-suicide are fighting for what they believe is right. On the side of the proponents, they believe that patient’s should have the freedom to end their own life if they choose. They believe in the right-to-die and that everyone should have the ability to choose what they do with their own body. Contrasting this viewpoint, the
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