John Stuart Mill Assisted Suicide Essay

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Following suit with Oregon, California’s recent shift in policy regarding medically assisted suicide has caused much dispute. A new law allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to the terminally ill begs the question, “is this morally sound?” When doctors see positively no chance for recovery, the eligible are offered this alternative to living out their remaining time in both physical and emotional exhaustion. A patient 's eligibility is determined after much consideration for their individual situation and granted only to those whose cases adhere to strict regulations. Those that do not agree with assisted suicide for moral or religious reasons do not have to obstruct the rights of others to go through with it.
Due to their personal view of death as exclusively negative, some
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These people hold little reverence for the foundation of democracy, it’s most rudimentary components being the defense of individualism, and recognition that law fulfils it’s purpose in the preservation of human rights. John Stuart Mill, a key contributor in the development of democratic political theory, insisted “Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” While Mill recognized that individuals should retain the right to bodily autonomy, he did not neglect to account for the infirm, stating “It is, perhaps, hardly necessary to say that this doctrine is meant to apply only to human beings in the maturity of their faculties.” therefore disqualifying children and other dependents including those who suffer from illnesses such as alzheimer 's, schizophrenia, and clinical depression which account for the inability to exhibit mental competency. It is despotic fundamentalism to create laws which impose personal belief on individuals, and so blatantly undemocratic for a country which prides itself on its

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