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Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician helps a person take his or her own life by giving advice writing a prescription for lethal medication or assisting the individual with some device which allows the person to take his or her own life The physician lends expertise but the person does the act I think that there are many arguments against it Firstly there is the old case that all human life is sacred Not animal life maybe but all human life is a sacred thing and its not for humans to decide when another human being should die I am against physician-assisted suicide because I think that anyone trying to remove a life from the earth is like killing Any act designed to hasten the death of the patient is equivalent to murder Asci 1996 Another argument against the idea of physician-assisted suicide is the difficulty of doctors to accurately diagnose a terminal illness I think that doctors despite some public opinion is not always correct and they does make some mistakes Patients with chronic or terminal illness who seek physician assisted suicide are typically depressed or anticipating extreme suffering Firshein 1996 Many drugs prescribed to patients with terminal illness usually have a nasty side effect such as depression or clouding the patients vision so that he or she would not be able to make any normal judgments In these cases it would be uncertain to say if the person had been in a normal mind frame when he or she made the decision of physician assisted suicide This is compounded by the fact that the terminally ill patients have emotional burden They think they are disturbing their family and taking up a hospital bed which might be used better on another more important person with something to live for These situations happen quite often and it might cloud their judgment The doctors and governments could easily abuse physician assisted suicide if physician assisted suicide
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