Assisted Suicide

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Assisted Suicide (Euthanasia)
There probably isn’t one person that can say that they haven’t watched somebody they love in some way suffer from and ultimately die from some sort of unfortunate disease. Assisted suicide is a very controversial topic in the United States. Physician assisted suicide is defined as suicide committed by a terminally ill person with help from another person. This subject causes many controversies of ethical and moral issues. Some of these issues are that it violates the doctors Hippocratic Oath, suicide is ruled wrong in many religions, and some even say it degrades the value of human life. However, physician assisted suicide should be legalized because it offers terminally ill people an opportunity for a
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Another argument against assisted suicide is that of religious beliefs that it goes against Gods wishes and would condemn that person to Hell. However according to many accounts the bible never actually brings up the subject of suicide it only says we are not to murder and the bible also talks about mercy kills and even allows it when Abimelek, believing himself to be fatally wounded (with a fractured skull after being hit on the head by a millstone), asks his armour-bearer to kill him. His request is granted (Saunders, Peter). Murder is the unlawful taking of life, and killing is the lawful taking of life. If a nation said that euthanasia was legal, then on a human level it would not be murder and would not be unlawful. Most everyone says that it is against human dignity to partake in physician assisted suicide some disagree and instead say this:
It would be an indignity to force… others to die against their will, but an equal indignity to force him to remain alive… against his will. Human dignity is not possible without the acknowledgment of personal sovereignty. (D Ngai).
Ngai points out how it would be unfair to not allow someone to die in dignity by

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