Persuasive Essay : The Right To Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Physician-assisted suicide should be seen as a right by the American Government; for, if one’s body is slowly deteriorating from that point on, then that person should have the option to put this right to use. Everyone is in control of their lives, and to be in control of one’s life is to be able to make decisions on a daily basis, whether these decisions are considered minute or monumental to one’s future. This is a privilege that those with terminal illnesses do not get the pleasure of having. These dying patients are currently being denied what should be their right to physician-assisted suicide by forty four states in the U.S. with Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington D.C. being the only states that provide this option. As written in the ACLU Amicus Brief in Vacco v. Quill, “The exercise of this right is as central to to personal autonomy and bodily integrity as rights safeguarded by this court’s decisions relating to marriage, family relationships, procreation, contraception, child rearing and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment” (ACLU Amicus Brief in Vacco v. Quill). This right to physician-assisted suicide should be seen as no different than the basic rights to marriage and having children, as those show independence and having control of one’s life. This right to die with dignity is central to a person's independence, with similar demonstrations of having this control over one’s body seen in previous
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