Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide arguementive essay.

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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

The issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide to be legalized has been openly debated in our society recently. These issues are important because it raises traditional moral and ethical questions about how our society views human life. Number of arguments has been reviewed about these issues, and most doctors are in favor for euthanasia and assisted suicide under strict guidelines. This issue considers arguments for having euthanasia, assisted suicide legalized, and shows some of the problems with these opinions. It will than show the reasons for the introduction of laws that would allow these necessary acts of humanity.

It has been argued, that euthanasia and physician assisted suicide may be the only opportunity for a terminally ill patient to end a life of suffering (Marker 2). Most adults, so the argument goes, live in cities and countries where assisted suicide is already been legalized and most people given the choice do not exercise their right to die with dignity (Euthanasia 3).

Physicians across the nation have openly admitted that they have help end a life at least once through their career as a doctor. Moreover, most adults given the opportunity would choose not to end their live but would like make the decision because they believe it is their choice to make.

The American Medical Association (AMA) states, that "There is in short, compelling evidence of the need to ensure that terminal ill patients have access to quality palliative care, but not of any need of physician assisted suicide." They contend that physicians have a crucial role of healing; saving lies to take on the duel role of taking, and ending life would undermine the sacred trust and creditability that a patient and physician have (Life 1). How ever, as Maker (1999) explains that...