Physician Assisted Suicide : A Matter Of Life And Death Essay

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There has long been a debate over the topic of physician assisted suicide as an option for end of life. Several countries and states have passed legislation over the last few years that allows physician assisted suicide to have a form of legality therefore giving these terminal patients more autonomy in deciding what end of life care options they can choose. While it is not up to us as healthcare providers to decide for patients what they should or should not do pertaining to end of life care, it is up to us to take care of them in the best way possible. The decision to die gracefully and without pain should be a personal decision. Physician Assisted Suicide – A Matter of Life and Death The topic of physician assisted suicide provokes a significant amount of discussion and controversy. Patients with terminal diseases, such as cancer, that can often lead to a prolonged painful death should have the option to end their lives in a way that will relieve themselves and their families from long term suffering. Patients with degenerative and progressive diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), should also be allowed the option to choose physician assisted suicide before the disease deprives them of their mental and physical capacity. By failing to offer patients the alternative of physician assisted suicide society is essentially showing a lack of compassion and humanity. Several countries and states have passed legislation over the last few years that
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