Essay on 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 …show more content…
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