Opinions on Assisted Suicide of a Dying Person
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Euthanasia, or assisted suicide is a very sensitive and debatable topic of todays world. With the

medical technology of today, it is possible to keep a person alive even if brain dead, by the use of life

support machines and other life sustaining equipment. The debate is that when a person is at a dead

end, either in a coma or having been diagnosed with a terminal disease that ends in death, should that

person be able to have the right to choose to die by an assisted suicide. Here are the opinions of

those for it. In todays world, medical technology has advanced so much that it is now possible to

sustain life through formerly life ending injuries or illneses. An alternative to the years of suffering

and pain, is an assisted suicide. What exactly is an assisted suicide? Well, it is providing the means,

like drugs, by which a person can take his or her own life. Right now there are only two places in the

world that it is legal to have an assisted suicide, or a physiscian assisted suicide where a medical

doctor assists in directing the suicide of a dying patient. Those two places are the State of Oregon in

the U.S., and the Northern Territory of Australia. There are strict guidelines on determining whether

a person is under law able to have an assisted suicide. There are two cases for an assisted suicidem

according to Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO). "One is if the patient is in an

advanced terminal illness that is causing unbearable suffering to the individual. This is the most

common reason to seek an early end. The other is if the person suffers from a grave physical

handicap which is so restricting that the individual cannot, even after due consideration, counseling

and re-training, tolerate such a limited existence. This is a fairly rare reason for suicide -- most

impaired people cope remarkably well with their affliction -- but there are some who would, at a


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