To Die with Dignity Argumentative Essay by Sdressel

To Die with Dignity
An argument that terminally ill patients should have the right to choose their own death.
# 117034 | 1,020 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 09, 2009 in English (Argument) , Hot Topics (Euthanasia)

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In this paper, the writer contends that assisted suicide is not only a humane option for suffering patients but for the families as well. The writer discusses how the laws and procedures to become accepted for assisted-suicide are extremely detailed to prevent the misuse of the procedure. The writer asserts that each individual should be allowed to determine his or her own fate, and his or her own death, if the situation permits. The writer argues that physician-assisted suicide should not become a religious, moral or ethical issue; it is about the terminally ill, long suffering, person whose final wish is to leave on his or her own terms, to die with dignity.

From the Paper:

"Two patients, the same age and the same gender, have been diagnosed with advanced brain cancer. Each has been given six months to live. Their doctors have informed them the last six months of their lives are likely to be filled with pain and suffering, and both patients will become bed-ridden. Two months go by. Each patient finds himself in extreme pain, and feels he is a burden on friends and family. Life is starting to become unbearable. Each one's memories are fading. Both patients begin to forget friends and family, and just want the pain to stop. Both feel they and their families would be better off if death was on their own terms. Fortunately, for one patient, he lives in Oregon. Unfortunately, for the other, he lives in California."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Death With Dignity Act. 27 Oct. 1997. Oregon Revised Statutes 127.800-995.
  • Dowbiggin, Ian. A Merciful End: The Euthanasia Movement In Modern America. New York: Oxford UP, 2003.
  • Girsh, Faye. "How Shall We Die?" Free Inquiry 22.1 (Winter 2002). 26 Nov. 2008 <http://>.

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