Assisted Suicide:Can Someone Help You Pull Your Own Plug On Life?
by mmont9 on September 13, 2013 - 11:18pm
In today’s day and age our technology advancements haven grown rapidly enough that we now are able to save more lives. Although we may not be able to cure people we have found ways to reduce pain and extend the lives of the ill. All this raises a question; if sick people want to die, why keep them hanging on while they suffer? Everyone has the right to do what he or she wants to do with their life. If someone wants to die, don’t they have the right to die? Currently, suicide is not considered a crime but assisting in suicide is considered a crime. “When people ask for assistance in exercising their right to die, their wishes should be respected.” (Andre 2013). People’s desires to die should be respected by others. To one human to another we should relieve the suffering and respect their wishes. If someone is begging to have their pain and misery end it would be wrong for us to deny them that right. Our culture “has a moral duty to protect and to preserve all life”(Andre 2013). Human life is considered valuable and if we were to assist someone to kill himself or herself it could be considered inhumane. If the life of one person’s life is devalued wouldn’t that devalue them all? The idea of assisted suicide is powerful considering it may feel like our obligation to support someone’s choice
There is a difference between pulling the plug on someone to take them out of their pain and helping someone who is depressed commit suicide. I believe that they are two totally scenarios. I would never supply a friend with drugs to over dose or offer to hang up a noose but for friend who told me countless times that they are ready to depart from the world because they are ill I would respect their wishes. I do think that in the situation where someone was in the hospital and asked the doctors to stop giving them medications or whatever they need to live would put the doctor is a tough predicament. We as humans have the right to die. If a law were passed saying that “assisting suicide” was legal it would cause a lot of problems. People would then be able to go around killing people and using the excuse that “They wanted to die” and it would be too hard to prove if someone actually wanted to die. Choosing to die because of medical reasons and choosing to die because of a depression issue should be handled in two totally different manors.
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Clara University . Retrieved September 13, 2013