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Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide Have you ever thought about, or know someone who has planned their own funeral? You would have the opportunity to if euthanasia were legal. Euthanasia should be legal because the patient himself and his or her family should be able to decide if they want to end the emotional and physical suffering. Euthanasia is the painless killing to relieve suffering: the act or practice of killing somebody who has an incurable illness or injury, or of assisting that person to die. The first argument is the right to die. The right of a terminally ill patient is part of their liberty.

The exercise of that right should be safeguarded and treated as such other personal liberties, marriage, child rearing, procreation, family relationships and termination of a lifesaving medical treatment. In particular, the Court’s decision concerning the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to abortion instruct that a mentally competent, terminally ill person should be able to make their own “life altering” decision. (American Civil Liberties Union) The opposing view is that the asserted ‘right’ to assistance in committing suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause.

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The right to die should be an unwritten personal liberty. There are numerous jobs where you are in danger and could die any day and one might say because it’s for a good cause, but is not one’s emotional well-being not a good enough cause. The second argument is the government involvement in end of life decisions. A lot of questions that arise are when do we stop doing all that we can do? When do we withhold which therapies and allow nature to take its course? When are we, through our own indecision and fears of mortality, allowing wondrous medical methods to perversely prolong the dying rather than the living?

I think we know that we did all that we have done when there are no more treatments that are less dangerous than your current condition. But the opposing view states that the medical community has to have restrictions on what it may do to people with disabilities. Disabled people already have restrictions, restricted to the bed, restricted to taking a lot of medication and restricted to staying inside and not being able to visit their families. The next argument topic is end of life care. “Assisting death in no way precludes giving the best palliative care possible but rather integrates compassionate care and respect for the atient’s autonomy and ultimately makes death with dignity a real option says Gerrit Kimsma a medical philosophic. I do agree with her statement but ultimently it is up to the patient. Not every patient wants strangers visiting them every day trying to make them feel better. You can just choose euthanasia which is a decision you can make about what you want instead of settling for palliative or an aged home; which leads into healthcare spending implications. The main thing is that, Savings to governments would increase.

Drugs for assisted suicide cost about $35 to $45, making them far less expensive than providing palliative care wich is roughly $15,000. (The New York Times) Another argument is that social groups may be at risk of abuse. It must be recognized that assisted suicide and euthanasia will be practiced through the prism of social inequality and prejudice that characterizes the delivery of services in all segments of society, including health care. Those who will be most vulnerable to abuse, error, or indifference are the poor, minorities, and those who are least educated and least empowered” (New York State Task Force on Life and the Law).

I do agree with this statement because people with little to no health insurance may be more likely to participate in euthanasia instead of having debt or a financial burden until they die. Therefore I agree that euthanasia should be legal because there are more pro’s than cons regarding the emotional state of the patient and whether the government should be involved in this self-liberated decision. If we allow euthanasia it will keep less people out of medical debt and more patients and families happy.”

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