This is the act where an individual makes a choice to die over a life of suffering this is so in cases where the individual may be suffering from a terminal disease for which care and cure may be difficult.
Advances in medicine and biotechnology occur at a rapid pace and have a profound impact on our lives. Mechanical devices can sustain an injured person’s life indefinitely (Walter Glannon 2005). Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the body and brain can reveal disorders before symptoms appear
Statistically, experts argue that ‘assisted death has swiftly overtaken abortion asAmerica’s most contentious social issue’ (Essex, 2000). Further statistical data availed by the research carried out byEssex(2000) show that about 60% to 70% of the American public holds the opinion that one has a right to die. As discussed by Glannon, in cases of brain death withdrawal of life-support is an ethical option.