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Yolani GranadosHabershaw    Research final paperDo you ever just think about how we do not have a choice or any control over our destiny especially when it comes to how we leave this world? This is something a person who is terminally ill is haunted by every day wondering when their last breath is going to be and will it be pain-free. What does living really mean? Does that mean being able to enjoy the company of those around you being able to truly be yourself? The definition for physician-assisted suicide according to Merriam Webster Dictionary the definition for “Physician-assisted suicide: suicide by a patient facilitated by means (such as a drug prescription) or by information (such as an indication of a lethal dosage) provided by a physician aware of the patient’s intent”. Physician-assisted suicide is meant for the terminally ill to have a pain free death when living no longer is attained.Assisted suicide should be legalized to patients who qualify and have gotten through the process required of them. Patients should be able to have the choice to end their suffering.   The term “assisted suicide” is something that we have recently heard on the news/media but in the United States according to death with dignity, there are six states that have a law in place for assisted suicide and one that allows assisted suicide if brought to court. the states Oregon, Montana, Washington, Vermont, California, Colorado and Washington D.C. are the only place where physician-assisted suicide is legal. On the new one very famous case was of A young woman named Brittany maynard, who had brain cancer that was beyond curable and the options to prolong her life were not what she had hoped for as they would bed bound her she began to look for alternative options and came to a decision that assisted suicide was the best option for her the problem was that Brittany resided in california which at the time did not have any law on assisted suicide so she moved to Oregon she explains the hassle she went through just so she could be eligible for the law. Brittany expresses this in an article she wrote on CNN “I met the criteria for death with dignity in Oregon, but establishing residency in the state to make use of the law required a monumental number of changes. I had to find new physicians, establish residency in Portland, search for a new home, obtain a new driver’s license, change my voter registration”. In order to be eligible in Oregon specifically according to the Oregon state website a person to be eligible for the death with dignity act requires “A: The law states that, in order to participate, a patient must be: 1) 18 years of age or older, 2) a resident of Oregon, 3) capable of making and communicating health care decisions for him/herself, and 4) diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death within six (6) months. It is up to the attending physician to determine whether these criteria have been met.” this does not include the paperwork that is required of them to fill out multiples of times the requirement of different physicians and psychological exams.When the fight is clearly hopeless and the agony is physically unbearable that they want to die then so be it the person who took the medication is fully conscious of what they want and the consequence that may come. On the other side, physicians have torn apart about this topic as the took an oath. For example, we have the ACP(American College Of Physicians) wrote an article on Annals Of Internal Medicine “The ACP does not support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, the practice of which raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns. The ACP and its members, including those who might lawfully participate in the practice, should ensure that all patients can rely on high-quality care through to the end of life, with prevention or relief of suffering insofar as possible, a commitment to human dignity and management of pain and other symptoms”.  A medical professional to ensure the wellbeing of their patients so it’s understandable why aiding them in this acts feels as though they are going against the Hippocratic oath which dates back to Greek times Michael translates  “It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards. Even though many physicians are against there are many who are for and one physician who truly dedicated and dedicated his life to assisting the terminally ill was Jack Kevorkian. At the time physician-assisted suicide was illegal yet Kevorkian help several patients die in peace free of pain he also invented instruments that could be used for facilitating patient in this act “the creation of a suicide machine he called the “Thanatron” (Greek for “Instrument of Death”) which he assembled out of $45 worth of materials. The Thanatron consisted of three bottles that delivered successive doses of fluids: first a saline solution, followed by a painkiller and, finally, a fatal dose of the poison potassium chloride”not only did he give people ideas on how to do it themselves and was convicted In Jack’s biography they explain his conviction “On March 26, 1999, a jury in Oakland County convicted Jack Kevorkian of second-degree murder and the illegal delivery of a controlled substance. That April, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison with the possibility of parole. During the next three years, Kevorkian attempted to pursue the conviction in appeals court. His request was refused. Kevorkian dedicated his life to bring light to assisted suicide and was an advocated H that people who are suffering from physically terminal diseases, such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and from Mentally terminal diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease should have someone they can go to. To many family members this brought closure for example Brittany consulted with the family of her decision and made the choice “When my suffering becomes too great, I can say to all those I love, “I love you; come be by my side, and come say goodbye as I pass into whatever’s next.” I will die upstairs in my bedroom with my husband, mother, stepfather and best friend by my side and pass peacefully.”(Brittany, CNN). This is never easy especially for the patient who feels as though they can’t control their disease but they can choose how they get to leave.A lot of the argument against assisted suicide involves religion. Many people believe that people shouldn’t play the role of God and should let thing take the natural course a pew research article religious groups’ views on end of life issues ” The denomination teaches that life is a sacred gift and that only God should determine when life ends. “We simply feel that it is not our prerogative to end life,” says Edgar R. Lee. even though they don’t believe in assisted suicide they understand that if complication rise where the person made need life support in that case that can be terminated. Unlike Roman Catholics who strongly oppose assisted suicide ” John A. Di Camillo, staff ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pa. “We don’t have the authority to take into our hands when life will end,” he says. “That’s the Creator’s decision.”   How, as such a diverse country, can religion play even the slightest part in deciding if assisted suicide can become legal?  Our country is based so much on letting people have their say and their rights.  As like in one’s religion, not everyone believes in a higher being, just because some people do it shouldn’t be for everyone, because that’s the way they believe it should be done?  If this is a free country, where you get to practice whatever religion you wish to, where, you can say what you want. Then there should be the right to die, though some people who are in pain still have hopes of full recovery with terminally ill patients they know that the changes are close to zero so they don’t really need the time if it means them dying in pain and not mentally capable of themselves.There are still some who argue that the right to assisted suicide is not a right that can be given to anyone at all.yet, It should be considered basic human right. No human should ever suffer because they are denied the right.The right to assisted suicide must be freely given to those who are terminally ill and beg for a peaceful ending. This right would allow them to leave this earth with dignity, save their families from more heartbreak seeing a loved one suffering and feeling helpless. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide would relieve them of insufferable pain. 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