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The United States provides more personal freedoms than any country in the world In America we value our freedom of speech religion to bear arms and to vote The few freedoms Americans do not have remain ignored Abortion the killing of an unborn baby Though it may violate individual ethics a woman who has conceived a child has the freedom to terminate the pregnancy if desired If killing a fetus is legal then what controversy exists over voluntarily ending your own life An unborn baby has no say in his or her death therefore there should be no debate of whether or not people can end their own lives But this is not the case in the United States or in most of the world While a number of movements have mad with the intention of legalizing physician-assisted suicide only three states permit the procedure If a mother can choose to terminate the life of her unborn child it should be every individuals choice to voluntarily end his or her life Physician-assisted suicide is the voluntary termination of ones own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician Definition of Physician-assisted Suicide It is a process that ends a persons life with the use of fatal medication Physician-assisted suicide differs from euthanasia in that the physician provides the lethal resources for the patient while the patient ultimately ends his or her life In contrast euthanasia is the act or practice of allowing a hopelessly sick or injured patient to die by taking less than complete medical measures to prolong life Merriam-Webster The practice of euthanasia translates directly to happy death and was originally developed by the ancient Greeks who believed that some people would be happier if dead Hosseini 203 Typically the procedure is completed with the use of a lethal injection versus orally taking a medication Euthanasia is painless and cannot be preformed without
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