Pros And Cons Of Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia

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Suicide. It is an ugly word, a bitter word, associated with great loss and sadness. Many people see suicide as an escape, their only way to completely leave all of their struggles behind. For some individuals with terminal illnesses, however, suicide is a saving grace, as it is the only way for them to die without having to undergo huge amounts of pain and suffering. Such a death is commonly known as assisted suicide, where a person takes a toxic dosage of medication prescribed to them by a doctor, or euthanasia, where a doctor directly ends the person’s life. There is currently an intense debate surrounding both assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada, however, the majority of Canadians agree that legalization is the right way to go, for …show more content…
People suffering from terminal diseases wish to be able to decide for themselves when they are going to die, rather than being forced to wait for an illness to take their life away. Gloria Taylor explains in the following …show more content…
Their illness has taken away their entire sense of autonomy and independence, which, for free-spirited individuals such as Gloria Taylor, can become quite difficult to come to terms with (Sumner 20). If they are not allowed access to assisted suicide and euthanasia, they may have to commit suicide while still able-bodied in order to be able to harness that control they wish to have over their own deaths. This means that many people with degenerative diseases may be forced to kill themselves prematurely, and therefore shorten their overall lifespan, therefore violating their right to life (Schafer 14). By legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia, individuals suffering from terminal illnesses will be able to live their life for as long as they see fit, and will not be forced to pick between a painful, drawn-out death or an early

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