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Should assisted suicide be legal in the United States?

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Started: 10/16/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kheathertonNHS

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Assisted suicide should be complete legal here in the United States. However, there should be a limit on when a person is allowed to make the decision to end their life. If a person wants to die because they are terminally ill, they should be able to. If a person wants to die because they are tremendous pain that wont go away, they should be able to. We as people have no right to deny a person death if they just simply wish to be put out of their misery. For example, a man by the name of Matthew Donnell, who loved life, begged and begged to be put of his misery-he wanted assisted suicide. Mr. Donnelly had lost his nose, left hand, fingers on his right hand, his sight, part of his jaw and was in pain constantly. Each day the excruciating pain got worse and worse. The doctors did not grant him assisted suicide, they told him he had to live in pain for another year until he died (Andre). How could any human in their right mind sit and listen to a man in constant pain, crying because he could not do anything else. It is WRONG to deny a person the right to assisted suicide if they are suffering as much as Matthew Donnelly had been for a good portion of his life. It is a heartless act to sit back and watch a terminally ill person waste away until they finally die and are put out of the pain. If we have the technology to be able to put people out of pain, why is it not used constantly. As Clain Andre said "Rapid and dramatic developments in medicine and technology have given us the power to save more lives than was ever possible in the past. Medicine has put at our disposal the means to no cure or to reduce the suffering of people afflicted with diseases that are fatal or painful." (Andre). this shows that we have the technology to put people out of pain if they want to killed. so why don't we use it?

Andre, Clair. "Assisted Suicide: Aright or a Wrong?" N.p.. 2011. Web. 15 October 2013.
emcgreenNHS

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Self-assisted suicide is a completely inhumane manner by allowing someone to have the ability to take their own life and the United States of America should not legalize this method. The medical industry is booming and many advances in medicine have occurred in recent years so less death should occur in today"s society. By allowing someone to take their own life, people are demonstrating that they have no hope of life for the ill person and are letting them slip away instead of fighting for their life. Due to the fact that medical advancements have been made, people who have thought they were terminally ill, may be cured. Imagine taking your own life and then a week later a cure to your illness is found. No one should ever feel so much pain to the point where they want to take their own life and no doctor should allow this person to ask to die. Medicines are being created for diseases that have previously been untreatable and these ill people have another chance at life (Pros and Cons of Self-Assisted Suicide 1). Taking an innocent persons life because they are asking for it, is inhumane and is not the way for someone to die. Medical advancements have created a world where no sick person should have to die; diseases are being cured and lives are being saved. Watching a loved-one or family member suffer and struggle in pain is extremely difficult to witness. But imagine if that person asked to die and was killed, then weeks later a cure to their disease was discovered. Imagine the quilt that would weigh on the family and friends that allowed this person to take their own life. As members of American society, we are expected to look out for one another make the best choices when regarding citizen"s health. Manuel Velasquez argued, "society has a moral duty to protect and to preserve all life. To allow people to assist others in destroying their lives violates a fundamental duty we have to respect human life. A society committed to preserving and protecting life should not commission people to destroy it" (Velasquez 1). If self-assisted suicide is permitted, it will become a way of life and doctors will be allowing way too many patients the opportunity to take their own lives. As Americans we have the duty to respect fellow citizens and provide a healthy safe environment for all members of society to live it; legalizing self-assisted suicide is morally wrong and greatly inhumane.

"Pros and Cons of Self-Assisted Suicide" Dennis Publishing Limited. 2013. Web. 10 October 2013.
Velasquez, Manuel. "Assisted Suicide: A right or a Wrong?" 2011. Web. 12 October 2013.
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