Legalizing Doctor-Assisted Suicides has Increased the Suicide Rate

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The suicide rate has rapidly increased in the past years. In 2007, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 34,598 deaths. This would mean 11.3 people commit suicide per 100,000 people. There has been recent talk of legalizing doctor-assisted suicides. Legalizing doctor-assisted suicide would be a terrible idea.
One of the reasons I say this is that they could just be over reacting in that moment, but do not really believe that that is the answer. Obviously some people have made up their mind and want to die. However, some people are just acting in the moment. You have probably heard the phrase “suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”, which would apply for the people who
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He then decides that his life is terrible and that he does not want to live anymore. Frank drives to his local doctor and asks to be assisted with his problem. He is obviously over reacting; he is only looking a portion of the picture, he is not looking at the whole picture. Another reason I say this is due to the amount of control our emotions have over us. Some people may have more self-control than others. Physician Peter Zafirides says that “emotions can greatly skew our decision-making ability”. For example, what if Frank was to have an argument with a family member and he became extremely angry. So, he drives to his local doctor and asks for his pain away.
Also, we as humans are easily influenced by other forces. Forces like alcohol, drugs, mental disorders and other humans. Some people are not as easily influenced as other people. However, statistics still show that more than 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental disorder or a substance-abuse disorder. People with mental disorders should not just be allowed to walk into a hospital and request their death. Also, what if someone were to become drunk and request it not knowing what they were doing due to their alcohol consumption levels. The same concept applies to drugs. Not to mention, how easily influenced we are by others. A fitting example for how easily influenced we are by others is Romeo and Juliet.
Plus, we already have excessive

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