To be or not to be, that is the question. Should a sick, suffering individual be able to choose the end of their own life when they are ready to go? On this topic I will speak from personal experience. My grandfather was a smoker for many years. His habit began in the army and continued as raised a family on a farm in rural Louisiana. When he diagnosed with lung cancer it really wasn't that much of a shock to all of us but of course was sad none the less. After the diagnosis, I thought his death would be the worst thing I would have to experience but I was wrong. Watching him suffer for months in a hospital bed was by far worse. This being said, what if in my Grandfathers final days, he would have rather let go earlier and saved a lot of pain and heartache? This phenomenon where a terminally ill person chooses when to die on there own is called assisted suicide. I personally know that if I was terminally ill, I would rather go and let my family move on than watch them in pain as they gazed on me in pain. Now currently the law on this rule is different in each state. This law itself is called the "Death with Dignity" law and is only legal in 5 states, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, New Mexico, and Montana. Personally on this situation I feel that this should a right of every citizen to half the option to die early when death is imminent and you are suffering. It almost seems inhumane to me forcibly make someone sustain life when they are going through such agony as are the loved ones who care about the dying patient. However, Markulla Center for Applied Ethics argues another point. That by a patient choosing to die they are possibly "pressuring" doctors and nurses to administer these fatal doses or "kill" there patients which may go against there beliefs which forcing someone to do such a thing is an infringement on there rights. This is a solid argument but the counter argument persists that it would be a job that would require such services if necessary. This moral dilemma can cause many conflicts for the patient and the doctor, but which one is right?
2 Sources: http://time.com/3551560/brittany-maynard-right-to-die-laws/, https://www.scu.edu/ethics/focus-areas/bioethics/resources/assisted-suicide-a-right-or-a-wrong/