Physician Assisted Suicide As A Suicide

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The Merriam Webster dictionary defines “physician assisted suicide as a suicide by a patient facilitated by means or information (as a drug prescription or indication of the lethal dosage) provided by a physician who is aware of how the patient intends to use such means or information.” The physician provides necessary information about drugs and patient performs the act of suicide. Letting someone die requires justification and involves personal as well as social concerns. The federal government does not have any law on the assisted suicide, since enactment of regulation of people and institution in the medical profession are managed at state level (Clarke, concept 3, slide 35, bullet 1). Oregan became the first US state to enact PAS in 1994 by passing Death and Dignity Act. Three other states Montana, Vermont, and Washington have similar Acts in effect. California has just signed End of Life Option Act in October2015, and the law will be in effect by 2016.
Common legal guidelines for the Act include that patient must be capable of making decisions for him/herself, and must be diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death within six months. Currently, the four states in the US legalized physician assisted suicide policy and one state is in the process of legalizing, while forty-five states consider assisted suicide illegal (State by State Guide, 2015). So, the physician-assisted suicide is not legal in the majority of the states. However, this health policy has…

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