The Death Of Physician Assisted Suicide

1991 Words Mar 18th, 2016 8 Pages
One cannot refuse death. Physician aid-in-death, however, has been targeted for ages by religious groups or those who strictly believe in only prolonging life as a negative thing. Although such reasons are valid, they do not take into consideration the patient 's direct wish, feelings, or foresight of how they believe their life will be. Death should be a basic right; same as Physician-Assisted Suicide should be available as an option for those who are mentally competent and terminally ill, or believe there will be no improvement in the quality of their life.
The debate about what to call the act goes back years and has guided how it is treated as a legal matter. Physician-Assisted Suicide, “ties the role of the physician to one that aids the patient in killing himself or herself” (Ethics In Medicine 1). Although it is an accurate depiction of what the procedure is, the term suicide implies an unfit mind hastening a premature death out of sorrow or sadness. That common understanding opens a view of a trusted doctor assisting a person who “has lost his ability to carefully weigh the benefits and burdens of continued life” end their life without an intervention of a treatment that has the potential to be beneficial. It is because of that association with mental illness that so many people and organizations object to the term suicide being used as part of any title referring to the act. Terminally ill, mentally competent, adults should have the ability to request these…
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