The Right To Die

Death with dignity, isn't that the way we all dream of dying? Dying of old age is dignified. When one dies of old age, one's heart just stops; it is quick and painless. But diseases such as AIDS and cancer are long-term. When someone is told he has a terminal disease, he is usually given his date of death. Until that date of death, all he can do is suffer. The patient must go through the pain and suffering of the illness, not to get better, but to die. All people are given the right to live; we also deserve . Why go through the unnecessary pain and suffering of a terminal illness? Physician assisted suicide should be legalized in all fifty states.
However, many oppose the idea of ...

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to chose to use PAS when suffering with a terminal illness. Opponents fear that if PAS is legalized for use with terminally ill patients, it will not be very long before its uses broaden and people other than the terminally ill decide to try and benefit from the law (Kamisar 409). They are worried that PAS will become a dinnertime conversation, as common as football or music. Some fear that by legalizing PAS, the physician will be given too much power ("Assisted" 394). Also religious views argue against PAS. For example, the Roman Catholic faith has taken a firm stand against it. Christians believe it is up to God to decide when it is the right time to die (Westley v). Opponents worry that PAS will destroy the morals of American society. They say PAS is something morally and ethically wrong, and easily abused.
On the other hand, some say we should legalize PAS. It is time for a change. Opponents just don't realize how beneficial PAS could be if legalized. First of all, ...

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new law (Kamisar 409).
Whether opponents like it or not, someone with a terminal disease deserves . No one in his or her right mind would try and take a law as serious as PAS too far. The people who are abusing it are the ones who are morally wrong; not those who agree with PAS. The final opposing argument is the belief that PAS will make doctors too powerful (Assisted 394). Doctors, however, will not become too powerful. Currently, doctors are overly powerful; just take a look at all the power a doctor possesses. When a person seeks the aid of a doctor, every word said is treated like gold. It is too often true that no matter what the doctor says, the patient believes it. We ...

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