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. 

 

Andre, C., & Valasquez, M. (n.d.). Assisted Suicide: A Right or a Wrong?. Santa

            Clara University . Retrieved September 13, 2013

 

http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v1n1/suicide.html

 

Comments

I believe that it should be legal, but only in well documented cases, or else, like you said, people could kill others and claim they wanted to commit suicide. In some cases, people are done with their lives, such as a lonely elderly person with no family or a very sick person that is suffering greatly. A person who values happiness would think that it is ethical to legalize assisted suicide, because it will reduce the overall pain in the world, and reduce their burden on society.

I believe that it should be legal, but only in well documented cases, or else, like you said, people could kill others and claim they wanted to commit suicide. In some cases, people are done with their lives, such as a lonely elderly person with no family or a very sick person that is suffering greatly. A person who values happiness would think that it is ethical to legalize assisted suicide, because it will reduce the overall pain in the world, and reduce their burden on society.

The reason I chose your article to write on is that your subject is a very big ethical issue in our society. I agree with you that people should have the right to die if they are ill and their life is a real hell for them. In my opinion, assisted suicide with medication in the hospitals should be legalized because everyone have the right to do what they want with their life. I think that the ethical principle called sanctity of life is very important. It means that humans should never interfere with other's life. In other words, nobody should have the right to prohibit someone to die if they really want to. I find this practice really sad, but when I put myself in the shoes of someone who is really depressed and want to do nothing but die, I think that this person should have the right to do so. It is better to die with dignity with assisted suicide than to kill ourselves by suicide. However, I don't know if people would see assisted suicide as one of their first solution to solve their problems. If euthanasia was legalized, do people would abuse of it?

I chose to respond to your article because it is a relevant issue that interested me. I agree with all of you that people should have the right to end their life if they really need to. We should protect and assure the security of persons who are desperate and want to end their lives. They are healthy and they still have the chance to succeed in life! People who want to commit suicide are in a hard pass and need help to pass through this. On the other hand, a person very ill who suffers a lot and who is in palliative care should have the right to end his life because nothing can save him. In my opinion, assisted suicide should be legalized in Canada because we should have total control of our body and should be free to decide what we want. The right of personal choice and freedom is really important for me. The ethical principle of beneficence greatly illustrates these arguments because this principle requires actions that benefit others by preventing harm of a sick person who does not have the chance to be happy again in his life. This is an important principle to me that should be used in this case. However, as you all said, I am afraid that if assisted suicide is legalized, people will abuse of it. Again, this issue is very delicate and cases should be examined in details in order to pay tribute to this practice. Should we value freeedom of choice more than the right to live?

I believe that it should be legal but only under certain circumstances. If someone is in the hospital and very ill they should be allowed to say when they want to go. For people that are suffering depression and other reasons why they want to commit suicide it should not be legal. There are many things out there that can help those kinds of people; even though most of them never seek help. I agree with your response that it if was legal for every case then murderers would say that the person wanted to be killed.

I believe that people always have a different way out of any situation other than suicide. People do have the right to make their own decisions about life but they should not feel the need to kill themselves. I thought this article was very well written and showed your opinion nicely. However I think you should talk more about the legal issues other than the moral issues.

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