The Right to Die (assisted suicide)

EQ- how could the Right to Die effect our society?

Background

To be eligible for assisted suicide, the patiant must be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live, mentally competent. Then, the patient has to make the request verbaly & in writing, and make a verbal request 15 days after the first request. Assisted suicide is when a physician proscribes a lethal dose of medication to a patient who meets certain standards. Nearly 75% of americans agree with assisted suicide today. Oregon, Vermont, & Washington are the only states that have the law that someone can end their own life. 34 states prohibit assisted suicide, while 7 others ban it. Cody Curtis chose Death with Dignity ( assisted suicide) when she was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • alternative to suffering
  • when pain gets unbarable you can die peacefuly
  • makes life easier for the family
  • die on your own terms
  • vital organs can be saved & used to save others
EX- Brittany Maynard ended her life with her family & loved ones when she was diagnosed with brain cancer

Cons

  • doctors & families will give up on recovery too quickly
  • people nearing death will feel the right to die rather than burden their families
  • doctors could be given too much power
  • suicide is against religious beliefs
  • poor, disabled, & mentally ill populations are at risk
EX- Brittany Maynard chose Death With DIgnity so her family wouldn't have to watch her

suffer
EX- A nurse handed her terminall ill father a vial of narcotic morphine. After he drank it he became unconcious. He was revived, but died four days later. The daughter now faces murder charges.

Conclusion

EQ- How will the Right to Die effect our society?

The Right to Die would not have effect on our society. Assisted suicide helps people end their suffering so they will not be in pain anymore. As long as assisted suicide is only allowed for terminall ill, it will not effect our society.

Bibliography

Death and Dignity." America 24 Nov. 2014: 4. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2014

Introduction to The Right to Die: At Issue." The Right to Die. Ed. John Woodward. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2010. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2014.

Introduction to The Right to Die: At Issue." The Right to Die. Ed. Tamara Thompson. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2014.