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In this life journey there are going to be aches and pains. There have been times that the pain/sickness was so bad that I told my God I was ready to come home. The older you get the more you tends to experience this painful part of your life. Will I, be able to cope with pain? There are options that I will discuss in this paper that have an impact in my decision making process about continued living. Whom can I turn to or better yet, who will be there to help make the right decision for me if I am unable to. The person, who I thought was going to be there if a certain situation arises, is no longer living. As of today, I do not want to suffer my last days on this earth. Do not want to become some medical experiment (meaning try this med or try that med). I always imagine that if my lifetime was going to expire, I rather it be while I am sleeping. So is a living will any different from physician-assisted suicide? A living will is a legal document that a person uses to make known his or her wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments. A living will directive, have been compared to an advance directive, health care directive, or a physician's directive. There may come a point when the belief in the importance of human dignity may lead to the conclusion that physician-assisted-suicide should be considered an option. Here are some options; you would probably have to consider to not having physician-assisted suicide: 1. It would violate doctors' Hippocratic Oath

2. It demeans the value of human life.
3. It could open the floodgates to non-critical patient suicides and other abuses. 4. Many religions prohibit suicide and the intentional killing of others. 5. Doctors and families may be prompted to give up on recovery much too early. 6. Government and insurance companies may put undue pressure on doctors to avoid heroic measures or recommend the assisted-suicide procedure. 7. Miracle cures or recoveries can occur.

8. Doctors will have too much power, and can be wrong or unethical. Some reasons to want to consider physician-assisted-suicide: 1. Tremendous pain and suffering of patients is relieved.
2. The right to die should be a fundamental freedom of each person. 3. Patients can die with dignity rather than have the illness reduce them to a shell of their former selves. 4. Health care costs be reduced, which would save estates and lower insurance premiums. 5. Nurses and doctors times are free to work on savable patients. 6. Prevention of suicide is a violat...

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