Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalized

1181 WordsJun 14, 20155 Pages
Picture this! You’re lying on a hospital bed with sharp, thick needles poking into your skin. Now imagine someone cutting your stomach open, digging in, and scarping your organs. The pain in unbearable, but do you know what’s worse? Knowing that you’ll eventually die, but still enduring the pain because it would be illegal to kill you. A survey taken in the United States has shown that 54% agree to physician assisted suicide or euthanasia. Euthanasia preserves rights of an individual, brings an end to the pain, and provides death with dignity. Even though others may disagree and say that its religiously incorrect, physician assisted suicide should be legalized. In the United States, we have certain human rights and that includes the right to choose to end our lives. Under article 3 in the Declaration of Human Rights, it states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person” (Appendix). Given this law, a patient has all the rights to decide if they want to live or die. According to Dworkin, “The individual has a basic right to determine the course of their own life and obviously death is a part of that course” (Bell). A fellow New Yorker also said, “Whatever view we take about, we want the right to decide for ourselves.” To sum up, it’s very important to allow us to make our own decisions. Another reason why Euthanasia should be legal is that patients tremendous amount of pain and suffering will come to an end. Britany Maynard, a 29 year old
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