Should We Legalize Assisted Suicide?
“Tony Nicklinson was a former rugby player who suffered from a stroke in 2005. He then developed locked-in syndrome, and spent seven years paralyzed from the neck down unable to speak, feed himself, and brush his teeth. He communicated through a system that wrote messages on a computer screen by blinking his eyes. He asked to have a doctor administer a necessary dose to die, but was denied in court” (Burns 1-3). In 2012, Nicklinson died a slow, painful death. It is debated that his death was intentional suicide. If that is the case, it is sad the suicide was slow and painful, rather than fast and (almost) painless. Nicklinson’s case proves the fact that if someone really wants to end their life, they will do almost anything to do so. Even if they are denied in court for an assisted suicide, they may just go home and commit suicide themselves, making it slower and more