Physician Assisted Suicide

Persuasive Essay
Donald Wilson
COMM 105
March 28, 2011
Doug Swanson

Persuasive Essay
A very controversial issue right now is physician assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide is immoral and should be illegal.   This essay will discuss the difference between physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.   There will also be discussion about important facts associated with physician assisted suicide.   The last topics that will be covered will be the legal and ethical debate surrounding physician assisted suicide.
Physician assisted suicide can be easily confused with euthanasia.   In physician assisted suicide the physician provides the means and information for the patient to end his life.   Euthanasia is defined as “The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment” (, 2011).   Both of these practices are immoral and should be illegal.   These two acts are so similar that they only have one difference.   During physician assisted suicide the individual kills themselves and in euthanasia the physician is the one performing the act.
      Physician assisted suicide has been around for a long time.   Since medicine was first practiced there have been requests to end the life of suffering patients.   There are alternatives to physician assisted suicide.   Modern medicine has the ability to relieve pain and suffering with less dosage.   Medicine is evolving on a daily basis the next cure could be right around the corner.   Life is valuable and should not be thrown away because someone doesn’t want to deal with the pain of an illness. Terminally ill patients should not have the ability to choose whether or not they want commit suicide or not.   A person in excruciating pain will want to do anything to stop it.   This includes wanting to end their life so that they do not feel this pain anymore.   There is a group that...