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Physician assisted suicide does not ensure a quick, painless death.

Euthanasia is supposed to spare a sick person the agony that comes before death and the sufferings of an on-going illness. However, this is not always what happens. In an article titled "A Case against Dutch Euthanasia", Richard Fenigsen, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, and a former Dutch cardiologist, wrote When Wibo van den Linden filmed one patient's preparations for 'voluntary' euthanasia, about a million Dutch television viewers watched the unfortunate lady's anguish and despair. Cases like these mean not only the patient suffers, but also the patients families who have to witness this whole process. In addition, euthanasia come with risks like vomiting the drugs, coma, psychosis and even decerebration where the patient is brain dead but still breathing. If complications like these arise, the patient might take longer to die than expected or not die at all. A patients family can be given the burdensome decision to take the patient off of life support if the patient becomes brain dead. The alternatives only get worse. Imagine being in a bed thinking that you get to die, and then having your body reject the drugs. You lie there helplessly until your body finally gives up and stops functioning. The whole horrific process can drag on longer than you expected to. Physician assisted suicide is supposed to be the easy way to go, not a way to suffer more. People with crippling diseases can survive, and do not have to resort to euthanasia. Stephen Hawking is living proof that a disease cannot limit a person. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. His body became confined to a wheelchair, but his mind escaped into space- literally. Through extensive research, Hawking was able to unlock secrets of the universe that had puzzled scientist for years. It is possible to push through a disease that seems constricting and thrive in spite of the disease. The contributions people make may not be as huge as Stephen Hawkings contributions, but their existence alone is important to someone else. They may say euthanasia allows people who are ill to go peacefully, however I disagree. Statistics have also show that after legalizing assisted suicide in Oregon, the rates went up to 35%. This is above national average in one state. Many doctors, an example, Kenneth Stevens, Sherwood, Ore. has

stated that assisted suicide has steadily increase in its use.Third, the increase of old people have taken the step to get assisted suicide. More people have become prone to using assisted suicide even people who dont really want it, but feel they are a burden on their families. Many cases involve the elderly who are often abandoned by their families. Assisted suicide cost less than 100$ to do, compared to the 100,000$+ doctors would have spend caring for a patient in need of several treatments and surgeries. A survey done by American Medical Association received results from over 3000 physicians in the 10 different specialties most likely to get request for assisted suicide. We received 1902 completed questionnaires (response rate, 61 percent). Eleven percent of the physicians said that under current legal constraints, there were circumstances in which they would be willing to hasten a patient's death by prescribing medication, and 7 percent said that they would provide a lethal injection; 36 percent and 24 percent, respectively, said that they would do so if it were legal. In the end, about 7% of those that replied have admitted to doing it at least once already.