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Imagine you have just found out you are going to die within three months Recently the questions have been changed from What am I going to do with the rest of my life to When should I kill myself With painful and crippling diseases such as AIDS and cancer and Alzheimers along with doctors such as Dr Kavorkian some people are choosing death over life Doctor assisted suicide has been a very controversial subject in the past few years Some states such as Oregon have passed laws which allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients who have less than six months to live Hendin 1 Other states have taken the opposite side I believe that if you are able to reason and think rationally you should decide whether to live or die If not the people who know you best should make the decision If you are ever in a situation where you know you will soon die the choice whether or not to kill yourself should be your own I believe that doctor-assisted suicide should not be controlled by the government but should be a personal choice based on the individual Many people could not imagine living in a hospital bed for the remainder of their lives They would rather die with dignity then live out the rest of their life dependent on others The government thinks that they know what is best for the people If everyone is an individual how can the government know what is best for everyone If feel that people should make up their own minds about what is best for them Joshua Haney wrote an article on assisted suicide He says Everyday we make choices that decide our fate and future We choose where we work what we eat and drink etc This is just one more choice that we are making If we take away this right from people we are taking steps towards
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