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Assisted Suicide

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Started: 12/20/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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princeciel

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Assisted suicide - is it a crime or a blessing? Should professional doctors be allowed to assist their terminally ill patients in suicide or not?

I am personally for assisted suicide, but would like to hold an intelligent argument with someone who is against or would like to practise taking the side of someone who is against it.
stefanuus

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Let's start off by defining the terms.
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death.
Assisted suicide is suicide committed with the aid of another person, sometimes a physician.
Now i will assume that during this debate we are talking about medical assisted suicide

Firstly the main reasons people commit suicide has been shown in studies to be mental illness, physical health or a hard to cope with life event. I think the conclusion can be made that the common denominator here is a negative emotional state. Negative emotional states are a natural part of life and everyone will experience them. What legalizing assisted suicide does is give people an easy and painless way to kind of "log out" of life.

Evolution wanted us to pursue life at all costs and that is why it installed in us pain and fear which are sensations meant to steer us away from a path that leads to death. By giving people an easy access way to avoid the sensation of pain when dying and reducing a lot of the fear by making that death into a simple liquid or pill and making it "clean" , you are neutralizing most of the systems nature has built into us to prevent us from dying. You are making death more appealing then it is meant to be. It also would give people a sense of hopelessness if a doctor talked to them about assisted suicide and it would encourage them in a way to give up.

I believe we should encourage people to always have hope even in overwhelming odds because doctors have been wrong, people with mental illnesses have gotten better, people who attempted suicide and survived HAVE GROWN FROM IT! Also another point i would like to make is that suicide can never truly be prevented, if someone truly wants to kill themselves they will always be able to. I think that as a society we should discourage it and view it as unacceptable cause otherwise we will lose the lives of a lot of people who can get better.
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