Should Suicide Be Legalized? Essay

1371 Words Apr 29th, 2016 null Page
Suicide has risen to be the tenth leading cause of death in the United States (U.S.) taking the lives of about 44, 773 people per year (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2014). As if the idea of someone taking their own life isn’t terrible enough, several states in the U.S. have legalized physician-assisted suicide (PAS), a new method for one to take their own life. Although there has been much resentment at the states who have legalized PAS, the treatment is continuing to be offered to patients. It may seem as if this problem has no solution however, there are a few that can lessen the pain that is brought on by this new treatment, which requires strict regulation of this treatment and a general acceptance and willing to discuss suicide with others.
Despite the fact that many Christians deem suicide to be a sin and wrongful for one to think of taking another person’s life let alone their own, there are still occurrences of suicide within Christianity. A high occurrence of these suicides occurs in protestant groups while the lesser of these take place among Baptists and Catholics (Gearing & Lizardi, 2008). Many believe suicide to be the unforgivable sin in which anyone who commits the act is not allowed in heaven (Smedes, 2000; Hsu ,2013). However, it is a common occurrence that Christians today see suicide as any other sin, but more similar to murder (Gearing & Lizardi, 2008). The problem with this idea arises when one tries to determine where the suicide victim…

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