We Deserve the Right to Die

by nathalie.coronado on September 11, 2013 - 11:41pm



When people think about death, they often get scared. Scared of what? Of the unknown, of what is waiting for them once they will have taken their last breath away. However, when one is willing to die because he or she has had enough suffering from their illness, can we deny them the right to die with dignity?


In the link below, we can see that some states in the United States of America have already taken measures so that terminally ill patients can get the choice to die or stay alive. Among them are the states of Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The act, which states this right, clearly says that in order to make this decision, one must be either permanently or terminally ill.


However, patients consider that ending one’s life and committing suicide cannot be considered the same.  They will even say that it is pejorative and dishonorable for ill patients to say so. Given the fact that both of them come to the same end, are suicide and ending one’s life the same?




I don't agree with the fact that suicide and ending one's life is the same thing. Deciding to end your life because you are in severe pain is a more reasonable choice than killing yourself in the bathroom, for example. First, because somebody will find your dead body in a horrible manner, which could be really shocking for the respective person. Second, the decision of ending your life can be made with your close relatives by explaining in detail the reasons of this choice, and it wouldn't involve physical pain like suicide usually does. It is hard to talk about this issue the way I did, but my point is that it enables the person to say a last goodbye.

I guess it is the same because whether it is for the person who is either permanently, terminally ill or simply sick of life that the reasons are more inclined to be for ending some kind of suffering. Technically the person who asks to die and the person who commit suicide both want to die and get the same result, therefore, I think it is the same.

Euthanasia is a difficult subject to deal with. It is most certainly very different from suicide, but in my opinion there are certain criteria that should be met before such drastic action is acceptable. Some of these conditions were touched upon by the states of Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. An invariably terminal illness is certainly just cause for euthanasia to be considered, but there are certain other cases where it should be acceptable. For example, a case where a patient may be in pain for an indefinite amount of time, or in a vegetative state. Although in these cases it would definitely be better for family and loved ones to make the decision as the person in question will have lost the capacity to make reasoned decisions, and therefore their autonomy.

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