The social expectation, prevalent in most western societies, that people should be free, autonomous, and in charge of their own lives generates additional fears about becoming dependent and a burden on loved ones and society at large.
There is nothing pleasing about being in pain or watching someone be in pain. Ever since the adoption of the law, Belgian critics have argued that some patients would prefer to control their own death rather than hand it over to a physician, and that the same respect for patient autonomy that underlies the legalization of euthanasia should hence result in the legalization of PAS as well.
Medicine and Law, 32, — For decades the question has been asked and a clear answer has yet to surface. Kevin Yuill opposes those who are in favour of legalisation.
At some point, the argument proposed by such doctrines greatly influences the decision that has to be made in case of assisted suicide or euthanasia. For the past twenty-five years, on the other hand, the practice has been viewed as a response to the progress of modern medicine.
Ageing and Society, 22 17— Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide Essay - Physician-assisted suicide should be a legal option, if requested, for terminally ill patients.