Assisted Suicide

Assisted suicide should be legalized
The issue of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has been, and still is, widely debated on all levels including classrooms, the media, and the Supreme Court. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide is a part of the debate about improving end-of-life care. It can be seen as a quick and easy way to protect patients from inadequate care arrangements. Too many people still suffer needlessly, often because doctors and families just do not know how to serve people who are dying. Many suffer because doctors fail to provide adequate medication for pain. To legalize physician-assisted suicide, would make real reform, such as better pain control less likely. Without those reforms, patients end up with no prospects to live well while dying. In recent years, a great deal of public debate has swelled over the issue of euthanasia, also known as (PAS). Although the argument on both sides offer valid points, it is absolutely crucial that all humans be entitled the essential right to be painlessly and safely relieved of suffering caused by diseases and other painful terminal conditions. Persons experiencing constant pain and misery as a result of health issues must be allowed the right to die with dignity if they chose too. Personally, I feel that a physician-assisted suicide should be legal under certain conditions.
Mention the term "euthanasia," (term refers to the practice of ending a life in a manner which relieves pain and suffering) and the first thing most people think of is the epic assisted suicide battle of the 1990s starring Jack "Doctor Death" Kevorkian. But Jack Kevorkian did not invent assisted suicide. The practice of assisted suicide is not a modern phenomenon. The issue of whether human beings and more pointedly, doctors have the right to help others die has been in the public discourse since before the birth of Christ. The history of the debate for physician-assisted suicide has been long, even tracing back to the Greek and Roman...