The Death Of Terminally Ill

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As Americans, we are granted rights in this country and these rights, according to the Declaration of Independence, grant us “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. So tell me why someone that is terminally ill cannot use these rights to end their life of pain and suffering. Some states have rallied and given those who are terminally ill the right to die. However, some simply see this means of ending a life, inhumane, unethical, immoral, and just plain wrong. As a citizen of the United States where we simply have our rights, should we not be granted the right to die? A big controversy on the news in the United States is having the right to die. People see this as something wrong due to various cultural and religious beliefs. This means of having the right to die is simply termed assisted suicide or human euthanasia. Only a few states have legalized assisted suicide by means of the Death with Dignity Act. The four states that assisted suicide is legal in is: California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. However, in order to take act in assisted suicide there are terms and conditions by each state that must be met. A little history into the practice of euthanasia, which started with the ancient Greeks, and is now something legal into few states today. According to Hosseini (2012), euthanasia is actually “a Greek word that literally means “happy death”” (p.203). Who doesn’t want to die a happy death, free of suffering and pain? The man we have to thank for human

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