Thousands of people suffer from the effects of cancer in the United States.   Approximately 3,000 people die each year from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in Washington State alone.   The pain and suffering that people go through with these diseases and their side effects is monumental.   Any loved one that has been diagnosed with cancer or Alzheimer’s, would a family member not want to end his or her pain and suffering as quickly as possible?   Could they stand to see a loved one go through that misery, just waiting to die?   Who could believe for a moment that they would?   That is why any person with a terminal disease has the right to end his or her life the way he or she so chooses.   They have a right to die.
      Euthanasia is the painless killing of a person who has a painful, incurable disease or incapacitating disorder. Most legal systems consider it murder, though in many jurisdictions a physician may lawfully decide not to prolong the patient's life or may give drugs to relieve pain even if he or she shortens the patient's life.   Euthanasia was legalized in The Netherlands in 2001 and in Belgium in 2002. In 1997 Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize physician-assisted suicide.   Washington State and Montana State have since enacted The Right To Die Acts in 2009.
    The debate for this issue is widening and becoming more typical.   As people are living longer lives and medical advances are made, people are living longer through these horribly painful diseases. These diseases would have been a death sentence decades ago.   For many it still is.
    The first case of Euthanasia in the United States was involving a lady by the name of Janet Adkins.   She was stricken with Alzheimer’s and she was determined to die “before Alzheimer’s peeled her away, layer by layer.”   The very controversial doctor, Jack Kevorkian, assisted her in her “suicide.”   He was the pioneer of this movement of dying with dignity.   They called him Dr. Death....