Right to Die Laws
As he gently stroked her cheek, his mind produced a snapshot of all the wonderful memories they have had throughout their thirty years together. He remembered the day she first moved into the neighbor. She was the most beautiful ten year old that he had ever seen. The first time he gazed into her brown eyes, he knew that he would love her until the end of his days and beyond. His mind flashed forward to their first day of school, their first date, their first kiss, their first dance, their college days, their wedding, the birth of their kids, and all the glorious years and memories they made and had together. While gazing at her lovingly, he didn’t see the woman that was ...view middle of the document...
As he pulled back, she pushed the call button on the side of her hospital bed and whispered the words that pierced his heart. Let me die.
Although a controversial idea, a few states in the United States, such as Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont, support the individual’s right to die by an assisted physician. The right to die is defined as an individual’s right to commit suicide or undergo voluntary euthanasia, which means killing someone in order to end undo suffering, usually from a terminal illness or a “mercy killing”.
Argued by some Christians and other religious groups to be “ungodly” or unethical, assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia gives terminally ill patients the comfort of dying with dignity and to omit months or years of unnecessary suffering before patients finally succumb to death. With right to die laws in progress, families will not have to watch their loved ones suffer before achieving peace. The belief of this practice to be “ungodly” and unethical comes from the concept that only God is allowed to grant and terminate life. In promoting or allowing doctors to terminate terminally ill patient’s lives, religious groups argue that this gives them too much power.
Many religions regard the act of suicide as prohibited or as a sin. In theory, some fear that if the concept of suicide is legalized, assisted or not, people will use this acceptance of ending life acceptable in any situation they deem intolerable. Meaning that people will commit suicide without due cause just to release themselves from situations they think are unbearable.
In today’s society and time, the cost of health care and medical insurance have risen substantially throughout the years. Before succumbing to death, terminally ill patient’s medical bills surmount for medical expenses and cost, due to treatment and hospital stays throughout the years. In most cases, the surviving family is left to pay these bills because insurance companies tend to provide terminally ill patients with inadequate coverage or deny them coverage based on their illness. With the right to die laws in place, the family and patient can exclude the stress and worry about these cost because patients will determine the length of time they want to continue suffering through their illness. However since most states do not support the right to die laws, most hospitals and doctors have denied families request to stop treatments to continue life. In these cases, patients have been in comas for numerous years with no chance of survival, or their illness has been diagnosed as incurable. In these cases, the cost of hospitalization and treatment rises, and the families are left with the responsibility of this cost.
Legality of the right to die has been...