Essay about Assisted Suicide

891 Words Mar 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Charity Lehn
English 219G
Jan Olesen
February 25, 2015
Our Fate in Our Hands Assisted suicide is a controversial topic, sparking up questions and debates on whether it should be legal, or not. I argue that it should be legalized, it would be beneficial to some individuals because it would allow people with terminal illnesses to plan and prepare for their deaths, rather than go through pain and suffering, and the fear of not knowing when you could die. Assisted suicide, also commonly known as death with dignity, was created so that people could hold the power over their illness and be the ones to control the last moments of their life. I am not arguing that all people who are sick or ill should be allowed to participate in assisted
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I do argue that we need to legalize assisted suicides, however, why should it have to be something that needs to be legalized?
The people considering carrying through physician-assisted suicide are terminally ill, and no longer want to suffer with pain or the fear of not knowing when their disease will eventually kill them. If they are in pain and suffering, and feel as though they can no longer carry on, then is it really our place to tell them they do not have a choice but to deal with it because it is against the law to rectify the situation? Assisted suicide is not a right that can be given away to particular people, or no one at all, it is a right that should be held by all. No human, no matter who they are, should ever have to suffer because they have no choice. It is almost inhumane to make others suffer because we do not agree with their choice to die.
The past month in Canada has been taking huge strides in the process of legalizing assisted suicide. They have taken off the absolute ban on assisted suicide in the country “and has given Parliament one year to create a stringently limited, carefully monitored system of exceptions” ( It had been argued previously that the ban on assisted suicide violated section seven of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in

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