The Legal Aspect Of Physician Assisted Suicide

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Physician-assisted suicide is arguably one of the most controversial issues of the twenty-first century. Anyone can kill themselves, but what happens when one is not capable of physically doing so and at the same exact time is also terminally ill. When is it okay for a physician to use their medical expertise, and oblige with a incurably patient; to agree that one’s life is worth ending. Where is the line drawn? Legally, physician-assisted suicide is a criminal offense; you are after all killing another human. Morally, is it okay to watch someone die in agonizing pain and stand-by because God told us all too. This essay will explore and analyze the legal aspect of physician-assisted suicide, what does the law say. As well as, the moral implications of physician-assisted suicide, it is ever okay, and the consequences it will have on our society. Sue Rodriguez, was a forty year old women who had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou’ Gehrig’s disease. This is neurodegenerative disorder, which essentially means that your nervous system slowly deteriorates and eventually leads to paralysis (Medicinal dictionary, Lou Gehrig disease). The verdict is not death, only. It’s an extremely slow and painful passing, one that is argued to cause much suffering. Rodriguez believed that because her disease would paralyze her she would need the help of a physician to assist in her suicide because she physically would not be able to end her own life. This term is
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