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Should assisted suicide be legal in the United States?

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Started: 10/21/2013 Category: Politics
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kheathertonNHS

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No matter how inhumane some may believe self assisted suicide is, it still should be legal here in America. Assisted suicide is an upcoming act that will one day become legal. there is no possible way that across the world there will be a cure for every illness. although we as Americans are trying to push forward to better our technology and medicine no matter what there will always people out in the world suffering, in constant pain. a person should have the right to die. it is said that a terminally ill person has protected liberty interest in choosing to end intolerable suffering by bringing about his or her own death (Pros and Cons of Self-Assisted Suicide 1). how could the court or anyone really deny a person of trying to end their life? this comes down to a moral decision that needs to be made. it it morally right to watch a person suffer? is it right to see a person wale in pain, and nothing can stop it? is it right to make a person live the end of their life in constant pain? the answer to this questions is NO. self assists suicide should be legal because people have the right to die if they wish to. a person should have the right to end the pain and suffering at the end of their life. "It should be considered as much of a crime to make someone live who with justification does not wish to continue as it is to take life without consent" (Pros and Cons of Self-Assisted Suicide 1). with this being said it proves that self assisted suicide should be completely legal in the United States to make Americans not suffer and choose to end their lives without the government's consent.
emcgreenNHS

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Although there may never be a cure to every single illness in the world, advancements in medicine and medical procedures have helped save many lives across the world in recent years. Self-assisted suicide should never be an option and will never become legal in the United States because it goes against morals set in our society. America does not stand for suicide and does not agree with the consequences of self-assisted suicide, "the history of the law's treatment of assisted suicide in this country has been and continues to be one of the rejection of nearly all efforts to permit it. That being the case, our decisions lead us to conclude that the asserted 'right' to assistance in committing suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause" (Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?). The government disagrees with self-assisted suicide and will not legalize it due to the fact that it will harm American citizens which is immoral and inhumane. Although some might see it as criminal to make these people live on, it is cruel to just let them die when hospitals and medical professionals have the means to care for them. With no restrictions on self-assisted suicide, doctors will be killing people regularly and it will become a way of life. The medical community has to have restrictions on what it may do to people with disabilities; we have seen what some members of that society are willing to do when no restrictions are in place (Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?). Meaning that as soon as someone is known to be disabled and wishes to die, doctors can kill them. Not every disable person needs to take their own life. It is too simple to just kill people but it is WRONG. No one deserves to die, especially with the technology presented in today"s society.

Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal? N.p. 2013. Web. 21 October 2013.
Debate Round No. 1
kheathertonNHS

Pro

despite the advances in medicine and the progress that the medical world is making assisted suicide should still be legal in the United States. death should be a privilege given to this that are in content pain. it is not fair for someone to suffer. a person should be given what they need to not be in pain. some people may argue that it is not a moral thing to kill someone even if they wish to be dead. however, Len Doyal, a professor of medical ethics said "If death is in a patients best interest then death constitutes a moral good" (Doyal). if something is moral it should be done no matter what. to put someone out of pain by assisted suicide is the right thing to do. why would anyone go against their morals? they shouldn't. assists suicide is moral, what ever way it is looked at. Diane Pretty was a woman who suffered from motor neurone disease and is experiencing the disintegration of her body. she was denied assisted suicide by the court. a court decision should have been overturned. if Mrs. Pratt's disease got increasingly worse she was going to end up on assisted living. after being put on this the doctors have the right to end her life. if they don't believe that the medical technology can sustain her they will take her off life support thus killing her (Doyal). if doctors can end someone's life after a certain time why cant a person? that is not right of fair in any way. if a doctor can end a life then a patient should have the choice to end their life as well. assisted suicide SHOULD be legal.

doyal, len. "Why active euthanasia and physician assisted suicide should be legalised " St BartholomewR42;s and Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry. 11 november 2001. web 22 October 2013

citation for last post: "Pros and Cons of Self-Assisted Suicide" Dennis Publishing Limited. 2013. Web. 15 October 2013.
emcgreenNHS

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kheathertonNHS

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kheathertonNHS

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