Essay on Assisted Suicide

1283 Words Sep 30th, 1999 6 Pages
Assisted Suicide

In thousands of homes across the nation victims of terminal illnesses sit in pain due to their sicknesses. Should these people have to go through all of that pain and suffering just for the end result of death? Should these people have the right to assisted death, to rid themselves of unbearable pain?
This topic has been one of the great controversies over the last several years.

Not too long ago if someone was found assisting in suicide, it was seen as a felony crime. But recently there have been court cases taken up in two federal appellate courts that ruled terminally ill patients have the right to seek doctor assisted suicide (Carter 1). These cases took place in New York and
Washington. This added two
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It seems as though Carter is trying to say we will no longer be in charge of ourselves, and we will be living in a socialistic society. There is no reason why we should not be able to control the destiny of our lives. We, as human beings, are solely sovereign over our own bodies. Therefore, it is the terminally ill patient who should have the ability to choose death over life. It is this person who is experiencing the pain and suffering of their disease, not a relative or close friend, much less the government. The legalization of doctor assisted suicide is no reason to change anything with people who are not terminally ill. The second question, on the other hand, has some validity and logic to it. Doctor assisted suicide would give the dying a certain sense of control.
It would enable the patient to have a certain feeling of power, knowing that he or she has the ability to complete his or her life upon request. This may sound somewhat awkward; however, it is quite possible that it would give the patients a sense of well being. Furthermore, it gives them a chance to end their lives on their terms, instead of letting a disease determine their course in life. As for the second half of this question, it should in no way weaken the respect for life. Losing respect for life is for the weak minded. If anything it strengthens the patient's respect; a

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