Essay on Euthanasia Should Be Legal

1603 Words Nov 14th, 2014 7 Pages
On the morning of November 1, a young woman named Brittany Maynard ended her life in Oregon. Her diagnosis was brain cancer; doctors told her she had several years to live. Unfortunately, after further tests doctors informed her that she had about 6 months to live. She decided that she would choose to end her life after the pain of her condition became unbearable. She stated that being able to choose when to die allowed her to live (Slotnik). Many cases similar to Brittany’s exist all over the country. Many circumstances make every situation unique to the patient. However, many of these situations have one difference in common: they did not all legally have a choice. Euthanasia should be legal. Euthanasia gives people like Brittney a choice in the most vulnerable points in their lives. Also known as, Physician Assisted Suicide the process of euthanasia involves a patient who is terminally ill and wishes to die. That patient then seeks the assistance of a doctor to fulfill this wish (Taqi). The dictionary defines Euthanasia as “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (such as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy” (Cavan 12). The word originates in Greece and means “good death” (Santosh). Though euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium, it is not yet widely legal in the United States (Anaf 34). Some states in the United States, such as Washington and…

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