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If A Terminally Ill Person Wishes To Choose How They Pass Away, They Should Be Able To

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This topic is hotly debated around the world.

Assisted death is a highly controversial topic. In some countries, it’s a legal and available option for the terminally ill – such as in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, and the Netherlands.

These patients are able to find resources and advice regarding plans, and they can make the decision to end their lives comfortably.

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This, however, is an illegal practice in the United Kingdom. Travelling to another country to do so is a possibility, but it could implicate anyone who accompanies the patient in question.

It is punishable with a maximum of 14 years in jail.

This leaves the terminally ill with two options: go alone while they are sick, or wait painfully until their suffering reaches an end on its own.

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It’s no wonder that this topic is so hotly debated around the world. For many, there’s a concept of bodily autonomy involved.

Why shouldn’t an individual who knows their days are numbered have a say in how they die?

Is it humane at all to force a terminally ill person to continue to suffer till their last breath, when they’re a painless and peaceful way to take their death into their own hands available?

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Many also think of the families when discussing this concept.

After all, many terminally ill individuals waste away before the eyes of their loved ones, which can lead to extra emotional pain to both themselves and everyone around them.

They may be frightened of becoming less and less like themselves as the illness becomes more severe.

They may want to pass away with dignity, and remembered as who they are now – not who they will be when their disease has worsened.

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