Persuasive Essay On Assisted Suicide

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Should it be legal for doctors to help their patients kill themselves? Assisted Suicide is legal in seven states at this moment. They are Oregon, California, Colorado, DC, Montana, Vermont, and Washington. Oregon was the first of the seven to become legal and it happened in 1994. In all of these states you have to be at least 18 to have help with assisted suicide, except for Montana. In my opinion I think that assisted suicide should be illegal. One of the main reasons people think that assisted suicide should be illegal is because doctors are taking advantage of people when they are down meaning depressed or sick. Doctors offer assisted suicide as an option for some patients. When some people are really sick and are going to die in the future doctors are offering this to them to end their lives quicker. It is believed that doctors do not want to take care of the patient any longer so that give them that option. It puts pressure on the patient making them make a choice. “Moreover, societies that authorize suicide as a 'choice' for some people soon end up placing pressure on them to 'do the right thing' and kill themselves (Richard Doerflinger).”
Doctors are not allowed to offer or provide any thing that will cause harm to their patients. They take an oath that says, “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect (Leon Kass).” So doctors take this oath yet they still offer assisted suicide as an option. Why do
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