You were brought into this world against your will. You should have the right to leave it as you please. Not to mention it is your body and your life, if you want to give it up you should be allowed. I don't really want to be alive, I wish assisted suicide was legal.
To claim that you, or anyone, has the right to tell me I cannot commit suicide is the same as saying you OWN ME. You assume to have a higher claim to my own body and mind than I do, that you have the right to judge my state and worth and decide what is to be done with me. Myself, I would call that slavery. You do not own me, I do.
There is nothing wrong with assisted suicide either. Why would it be OK for me to kill myself, possibly painfully due to a sloppy death, but then if I were to go to a medical facility where I could have a painless death suddenly becomes immoral? The logic does not follow. Law enforcement community for the most part view someone attempting suicide as unstable. They believe that no person would commit suicide that was of sound mind. Its insane to believe that an individual is not intelligent enough to decide that they are ready to die, or to help them do it in the most effiecient and painless manner possible.
A lot of people I know, including myself, were born into dysfunctional families and weren't treated fairly. People make stupid decisions, yes. But the stupid decisions were made by the parents who, to put it nicely, ruined semen's opportunity at a happy life. It's never anyone choice to be born. If you think about it in moral terms, we were born against our will. That's immoral. Suicide is a choice and it should be to make it.
The only thing that should matter is how each person answers the above question. If the think that life truly consists in suffering, they should be legally allowed and supported. The government should allow these people to have quick, painless methods of suicide, in a controlled environment, so they do what they deem right in a way that's sensible to everyone, regardless of what other people think. Or, at least, allow private companies to do so. After all, if this was allowed, we would reduce a number of problems, and the world would become a better place, as only those who really want to live would keep doing so.
If one has the constitutional rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then one can exercise those rights how one sees fit. If one believes the pursuit of happiness necessarily entails an end to life then the state has no right to disallow them from exercising said right. There is also a resulting freedom of religion. Many people believe in an afterlife and that belief cannot be regulated either
Even though suicide has touched my life directly, I would never take away another's right to have the final say in how they use or end their life. When everything else is stripped away - when you have lost your health, your passion for life, your material things, and all whom you have loved - then the only thing you still own is the right to choose. No one should be forced to live a prolonged, painful, unnaturally extended life if they so wish - that is the final dignity that all are entitled to.
I don't wanna now hear selfish retarded Christians, Muslims or Jews opinions forced upon us. God forces you to become a slave on us. All of you are living a fraud and you are just guessing your belief of creation is the correct one!! SCIENCE IS ALL WHAT IS HERE... Not 6000 year old FAIRY TALES!!
This is my body. No one has a right to control a living being, this is no one else's body. Saying you don't have a right to suicide is extremely selfish and you are taking away a basic human right. It is probably as immoral as a murder not allowing suicide.
It's our life.
We get to choose when we exit.
Nobody gets to determine otherwise.
Why not make it a controlled process; this will eliminate any suffering.
People say pro suiciders are "selfish?"
Well in that case; anti suiciders are moronic.
And they are forcing me to live among them?
See the irony here?
Historically it is religion that has created the social norm and widespread point of view that suicide is wrong. The ancient Greeks and Romans had a very relaxed attitude towards suicide. In some cases it was even considered the honourable thing to do. It was the advent of Christianity with the Council of Arles 452 that it was declared as the work of the Devil. Sadly, we carry on this unenlightened viewpoint. One should have a right to end one's own life. No other human being should be allowed to remove this right from another. It can only be one's own choice.
God gave you free will to make your own decisions, whether you die in hell or live in heaven, serve satin or god. He also gave you the freedom of making your own choices.
If you wish to kill yourself, then the you will most likely go to hell, but that punishment is what makes us human, we learn from our mistakes, like jail or death penalty.
There isn't really a difference, it's just a different type of choice and punishment, but God gave us this choice, and man has taken that choice away, saying it is wrong.
But sinning is wrong, killing others is wrong, terrorism is wrong, so what is the deference from taking others lives and being punished from it and your own.
Honestly people become angered because they hate their life so much they take it out on others by hurting or killing them, If they were given the choice to end their lives like they want.
It might actually save lives by letting them, sure its a loss. But if a man wants his life to end because his suffering angers him, would you rather he pick up a gun and take his anger out by shooting everyone around him.
Or would just allow his to kill himself and avoid people getting shot. Babies are born every minute on earth, sure its a loss but sometimes a loss can prevent a tragic.
The idea that I can be forced to exist when my life is unbearable is tyrannical. We send hundreds of thousands of people into war and they die. They didn't choose it - their country asked it of them. But a person who wants to die peacefully will be stopped...why? Is it a religious thing? The idea that someone who wants to end their life is somehow wrong? And what will do for those of us who choose to leave this world? Throw us in an institution for a couple of weeks with a new bunch of meds and then...you're on your own. It's pathetic. We should be able to peacefully end our own lives - own being the key word - as we choose.
I've lived in emotional pain my entire life. I'm only 23, and I'm told its only going to get worse from here. What am I to do? Just deal with it? Why? Because society depends on my income? I must bust my ass in a wasted life, for what end exactly?
It's sad when anyone dies or commits suicide. Don't get me wrong. Some people, such as myself, don't have anyone, so its not like we'll be missed. But others will. And I'm sorry for their losses, its sad. Blame a medical system that doesn't have the answers, that focuses more on profit than on healing. Not us.
Plus, I'm going through a lot more pain everyday than anyone will feel the few days they grieve my absence if they do at all.
There are moments in life when we, as conscious beings, decide that maybe the most rational path of action is not to keep enduring misery, pain, solitude or whatever any motives we decide. No one wants to lose a loved one, or die too soon or for no reason, but as individuals, we should not accept others people most of the time religiously motivated views on individual freedom topics, therefore I propose that anyone, mature enough, at any given time in life, and by whatever their reasons are (we should not judge others for exercising their rights as long as they do not collide with ours) should have the possibility of ending his/her life safely and peacefully without interference or alienation as if considering suicide is not normal. Statistically speaking all people during life will consider suicide or self harming reckless conducts at least once in life even more times during stress. We should try to ask what their reasons are to consider suicide, and try to help, but if the decision is firm, and we are in the position of interfering with someone wanting to exert the most basic individual right which is the right to control and own your own life, we should not do it, but let them choose their path and not forcing them to endure a miserable existence, even if it could be considered a subjective thing, suicide is a choice.
Coming out as transgender can be debilitating, isolating, humiliating, and bring along with many troubles. I've spent 20 years approximately in therapy, only to realize they weren't helping me. They basically have mostly a client-directive approach, which is about you making decisions. Ironically that's why I'm in therapy because my decisions were often worse for wear. Along with several incurable health ailments such as, psoriasis, arthritis, chronic pain, and to be blunt.. Self-loathing. I would say to just let people off themselves, cheaper funerals, and alot less social burden, economically. A Win-Win situation. I admit some would have to deal with grief, but I believe that people should the right to die when they want, and live with agony every day of their lives without real hope. I don't believe in ghosts or deities or an afterlife. This is the only miserable life I have.
No one else has the right to tell someone else they should have to live. It is purely up to the individual. This is one of the few societies that does not support this. I do not believe in Christian values. It is someone's right to die. This is not an evil act against the will of God. Authorities should have no say in this.
People need to be able to live without being threatened or killed, because of the moral standard that everyone has the right to life as long as they respect other peoples right to life.
But, in the case of a person in so much pain that they do not wish to live any longer, whether it is due to chronic or terminal illness or untreatable depression and life experiences that simply can not be erased, the same right to the ending of life applies. Now, in America, people must starve and dehydrate people who are categorized as DNR or 'do not resuscitate'. This is a grueling death that even serial killers do not have to face. Along with the right to live and die, having death rights, or the rights to dictate how you wish to die before you actually do die. In America no such thing exists but it should. Because, the person asking to end their life deserves to have it done in a way that ensures minimal pain, anxiety, and risk of still being alive post euthanasia. Also, the right not to be stigmatized for your choice is important, and the need to assure that the person is not being externally influenced must be taken into account. The only reason people have no death rights is because other people want to enforce their personal well being and ignore the pain of others. They also fear their own deaths and do not want to grant the suffering an easy death. Some say suicide is cowardice while depriving others the right to death, which is a part of life because THEY are too afraid to ever stand in the shoes of the person they demean, and are actually the true cowards and idiots to boot.
I don't really have very much to say, I simply think that it should become legal. It is true that we never asked to live in this world, and that it should be our choice to end our lives when we see fit. Although I realize that some people have illnesses that contribute to the feeling of wanting to die, some people simply just want it over.
I don't understand why people go on about choosing suicide as being selfish, weak, etc. It's actually one of the bravest choices a human being is able to make, and whether it's a "legal human right" or not, it's still a choice we can make if we decide it's our best or only option. The living will continue living, the dead will no longer be in depression, pain, guilt, you name it. Sometimes enough is enough.
What if I want to die, but I want to say a proper good-bye to my husband, not just leave him some stupid suicidal note? Why am I denied the right to talk to him, and explain my feelings, and tell him how sorry I am for leaving him, and how much I love him, and how wonderful he is? What if I have thought it all over, and made this decision a long time ago, because I have this health condition that makes my life unbearable? I am not some compulsive teenager, but a responsible adult person. Why am I denied such basic thing? I have to either drag on with my joyless life or kill myself in some ugly way, making all my dear ones feel guilty forever...
Suicide being completely shunned and of course "illegal" is one of the worst forms of oppression I can conceive of.
It is equivalent to a religious-based government killing all its citizens who do not follow its religion. If one chooses not to agree with the majority of society on the matter of death being a gloomy end to existence, they should be permitted the freedom to act on their belief as they so choose as long as it doesn't harm others.
Refusing death to one who wishes to die, is equally as cruel as refusing life to one who wishes to live.
Humans of sound mind may find suicide more preferable to living. Life isn't fair, people can become seriously ill, disabled or just lose the will to keep fighting. Another person does not have the right to force another to live a life they don't want to live because they find it unethical. In some cases, forcing someone to live may be more unethical if living results in suffering. Persons with a family history of Alzheimer's may wish to move on with their mind and bodies intact, rather than stumble through old age in the care of others.
If someone truly wished to commit suicide, they are likely to find many ways, but a more practical method would be through assisted suicide. With trauma suicides (gunshots, cut wrists, etc) a mess would likely be left behind for someone else to find and clean up. If people were forced to commit suicide at home or in a public place, imagine the emotional trauma for family members that see the results. Assisted suicide would allow a peaceful death for both the soon to be deceased and friends and families that would mimic a natural death.
As for religion, not everybody is religious or follows a religion that discourages suicide. It would be unfair to force egregious beliefs onto someone that doesn't follow it. We're humans, it's our own life, we should have the right to live and die how we choose.
For a person to think about suicide, he must be suffering a lot far more than you can imagine. Especially if they suffer from chronic medical diseases and feel like a charge to their families. Everybody has the right to keep the honor we worked on all life long. I would never accept a child to see his parent desperately suffering it will cause much more harm to both of them. We can see it kids suffer a lot more when their parents are suffering they only START to overcome this problem when the ill person dies. THIS IS NOT EMOTIONLESS! Death is peace, no more suffering! How many of us go to sleep when they just have too much problems? What if these problems can't be solved? Don't people have the right to sleep forever! Everybody should be given the right to die just like he has the right to live. Oblige someone to live as you can see him suffer is just as cruel (or even more) than killing! And what is this law good for? If they succeeded in suicide well they can't be reached and if not what? You will make a person already dying emotionally suffer even more by imprisoning him? How immoral can this be! And how stupid!
Did any of us ask to live? I believe not. Is it possible to kill ourselves? Yes. Why shouldn't I do so because society/the law says so. In a world where we are claimed to be free and to be able to make our own decision "The Law" is preventing people from choosing stop living. Claiming it as a mental illness. Society is forcing people to live, torturing them, making them suffer, saying that they need help. Help is not needed, people can decide if they want to continue in this world or not, its not insanity, its not a crime, its a decision.
You want to kill yourself, and you fail at it? Oh look, you're on the suicide watch list. Better yet, you go to jail because killing yourself with or without assistance is immortal. You want to die. You SHOULD have control, even if you're persuaded into recovery or not. Besides, its not like the law dictates death.
Although suicide is a very upsetting thing, and not really the way to handle a situation, if people chose it's what they want, let them! If they succeed, we can't exactly punish them, it is too late for that. It in unfair to punish the family or friends, because majority of the time, they are not aware that the victim is planning this. If someone wants to die, let them, it may not be the right thing to do, but it's their choice. We have the right to make our own decisions, say what we want, be who we want. Why should it matter when or how we die? Everyone is going to have that fate one day, so why stop people from doing something to themselves, if they are going to meet death later in life anyway?
Suicide will become common and legal with some stipulations within the next 25 years. It will bring dignity and the lack of pain to many people. We have the right to our final exit with peace and dignity. Suicide and its objectors are coming from the religious groups that want to control our destiny.
Because it's what somebody wants. If they feel that much pain and want to end it they shouldn't be forced to live anymore. It isn't fair to them and it's cruel to make them live a life of suffering. It's like if you have a bad marriage. Nobody is going to force you to stay in it. And yes, it is unfair to loved ones, but you have to see it from their eyes. Nobody wants to have to die, but if they need a way out and nothing is working and suicide is the only way, then let them be. You can say there's always another option, but when you be exhausted them all then I believe you have a right.
It's my life, simple as that. Government etc. do not own people or their bodies. But it seems they think they can and it's wrong. You can't force others to live by dumb rules, it's really stupid and pathetic. Laws are not meant to be broken for a reason but there are a lot that make no sense. Not letting anyone tell me how to live(my life)
If an individual so chooses to end their life, to prevent them from achieving this is tantamount to saying that that person is not allowed to decide how they live or die. If this ideology is universally applied, we do not limit ourselves at stripping an individuals of their right to die, but also allow ourselves to dictate to them when it best conveniences our society for their death. This is an obvious example as to how a society can treat their citizens as means, permitting them life or death when it suits everyone else. An individual and only that individual can make the decision of life or death.
It your life and you should be able to decide when it ends. You should be able to decide how it ends as well. I would rather be at peace with my decision to die then get sick or die a slow painful death, it should be your choice because its your life.
If we are not slaves, if we own our bodies, our lives and are masters of our own destiny, then we should have the right to access to assisted suicide or the means to do it ourselves legally. Should this right be without some form of reasonable evaluation or counseling? No. I've been to the psychiatrists, the psychologists, the life coaches, etc. Nothing they say can deal with my Psychache (look it up online). It is not a mental condition it is a condition of one's life simply reaching the end of its course prematurely. Meaning you have nothing left to give and no longer a reason to live. When you are a failure financially, a failure in love, a failure socially, and a failure in general and have reached the age of at least 40, your life may be over if you don't see any way to start again and are unwilling to do so. Suicide should be made available to anyone that wants it, especially when there are drugs like Nembutal that would do it painlessly and quickly. The fact that we are subjected to this obsolete concept that all life is sacred is an affront to human rights. If life cannot be lived and you are only existing in a state of perpetual pain, then you should have the right to die.
It's my life and its my right to choose what I'm going to do with it. No one should tell me what to do, if I want to end everything I do that. Everyone that is against it are just selfish people. And also there are too many people in the world right now so suicide IS the answer.
“Were the disposal of human life so much reserved as the peculiar province of the Almighty, that it were an encroachment on his right, for men to dispose of their own lives; it would be equally criminal to act for the preservation of life as for its destruction.… but I thank Providence, both for the good which I have already enjoyed, and for the power with which I am endowed of escaping the ill that threatens me."
I have to say i agree and disagree in suicide's. I disagree that a person should try to take his/her life. So many things could go wrong. If you miss your shot than you would reget it the rest of your life and it would cost money from the gouvement to treat you, but i do agree that they put up a center that could do it for you in a harmless and safe way. How many people take away there lives? How many people take other peoples life with them whan they did it? How many people are in hospitals laying between life and death because it did go as they planned, laying there being brought back to life whan all you wanted was to end it. While others are sitting in the waiting room fighting for there own. Yes we should have the right to say i want to get this life over with, with all the people that are homeless, without a job, bady sickor even already dying with a painfull sickness. We should have the right to say NOW IS MY TIME AND ITS MY DECISION
I don't understand why suicide is looked upon as a bad thing, let alone illegal. If you have religious convictions, that’s fine, but there’s a freedom of religion (or a lack thereof) in this country, so that should play absolutely no part in whether it should be “allowed” or not.
When someone commits suicide, the family members often swear that the person would have NEVER committed suicide. It’s almost a reflex. Then it comes out later that the person really DID commit suicide. My point is that someone you know very well can be in excruciating pain (whether mental or physical), and it’s possible not to even realize it.
It's simple. People don't become suicidal for no reason at all. People contemplate suicide because pain exceeds resources to treat it. It is not a chemical imbalance. If someone was feeling suicidal after he or she was raped is that what you would tell the person? Oh it's just a chemical imbalance, get over it!
The point is external factors often play a prominent role in the contemplation of suicide. Bullying, homophobia, rape, abuse, financial troubles etc. It's the cruelty of others that make people think these thoughts. There is a reason people want to die.
So why is it that society thinks it has the right to stop suicide by making it illegal? Let's face it people hurt others and quite often more than they realize. So if people are a large part of the reason people commit suicide what right do they have to prevent the legalization of suicide?
If you want to stop suicide why not be a little nicer to people? It could be as simple as smiling at another person who seems down, maybe a friendly greeting etc. Many people refuse to take 30 seconds out of their day to perhaps make someone else's better but rather they choose to further shame the people they hurt by making and keeping this act illegal? Society causes many people to have these thoughts and rather than feel shame they point the finger at the suicidal.
Of course suicide isn't a good thing. No one wants to hear about the death of another human being. However, if other people are the cause then they have to illegalize these acts. Shouldn't bullying, discrimination and homophobia be blamed instead? It's rather cowardly for society to refuse to admit that they might be the problem and instead choose to hide their mistakes through the illegality of this act.
On top of that freedom is being able to do what one wants with their own body. If someone want to end their life that's their choice not yours. Keeping suicide illegal implies that your life is not your own but it is dictated by someone else. Also enforcing your religious or personal beliefs on someone else and expecting them to think the same as you is not only selfish and egomanical, but it is once again taking away the freedom of that other person. Everyone is different and some want to die. That's their choice and their right. You own your own life and no one else does. It's about time the governments of the world realized this and legalized suicide.
Overpopulation and an increasingly aging public is bankrupting the USA. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are crumbling yet I'm forbidden from a quick and painless death. Suicide should be legal and would financially save this nation. I've needed death from age 8. Treatment-resistant depression, crushing anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome are destroying my mind and body. Torture is legal in the USA as long as suicide is unlawful. The hypocrisy of this nation's religious laws make me sicker than I already am.
If you no longer wish to go on living, I don't have the right to require you to do so for my sake. While it is sad that not everyone is wanted in society, it is a reality. I have no business telling anyone what they should do with their life, unless they infringe upon my own rights.
Life is a pain for me. I'm in pain nearly every waking moment of my work day. I've changed work multiple times just to realize that nothing will make me happy, just miserable. I suffer from lots of disorders that I can't treat due to the fact that I'm poor. If anyone wants me to live, they should give me free money and lots of it. The government will give me some but how many people like paying a ton of taxes for people like me? There's no guaranteeing that I'll get better and I'm a selfish parasite to the society. I deserve to die.
No one has the right to decide for another person when their life should end. I also believe that if it were legal, more people would NOT do it, because the survival instinct would kick in, if it's meant to, and would not if it's really time. People would treat each other better, realizing before not after that they will lose someone they actually loved.
A person should be able to end their lives in a peaceful environment if circumstances in their lives have made it so that they want to commit suicide. I do think that if someone has a severe mental illness they should be treated first, but that ending one's own life should be a choice. Besides, throwing a person who attempted suicide in a mental hospital probably won't improve their moral unless they were simply suffering from depression or a similar illness.
Whether or not it's legal wouldn't even affect if people did or not. How would they get punished? We don't choose to be where we are, and if we decide we don't want to be here we should be allowed to leave. We wouldn't be harming anyone else; maybe emotionally, but some have no other choice.
A person should do whatever it is they want to do. And others judge others based on what they know.. People cannot judge each others suicides until that person has lived the others ones life in full and that is physically impossible. If this world is too painful for someone then so be it. They have the right to end their lives whenever they choose. It is their life isn't it? And the only reason why people try to say that suicide is morally wrong is because they are blinded by religion. Someone else told them that people should do as they are told, and not do as they wish.
Statements that our bodies are owned by the state are very scary. That would give the state the right to murder anyone they choose. Since people can flee to other countries and become citizens in other states, while the state has no control or say over the matter, they can't really claim to own us. Our decisions and will is our own, and nobody can take that from us. They can influence our decisions and punish us for not making the one they wish, but the more they try to intimidate or drug people to control psychologically healthy people, the more they damage those people. When our lives reach a point of constant pain, the decision to end our lives is rational, and we don't need a social worker to step in and second guess such a difficult decision.
Assisted Suicide (AS) could be legalized in such a way that people would have to take their case to court (which they would pay for) and undergo an extensive period of observation before any action was taken. This in turn gives the person ample time to think of their suicide (minimum of 2 years is too long a time to want to commit suicide on just a whim) as well as injecting some money into our courts. On top of that AS's don't take a whole lot of education/time or resources to perform so it would be simple to have people trained for it. As long as the person dying was not leaving any debt behind for others I cannot see this having a negative effect on the economy, concidering the fact that a dead person means a free job and 1 more person worth of food available.
In the west I cannot think of any religions or societies that advocate suicide (this is not necessarily the case in the east); however, forcing your religious views on others,as I understand it, is a universally un-awesome thing to do.
Typically something is considered immoral if it is harming an innocent person. For example, Stealing from the sheriff of Nottingham (See "Robin Hood") because the Sheriff is painted as a villain is often seen as praiseworthy. In the case of suicide the only person incurring any physical harm is the suicide-e and in the case of helium asphyxiation it's not painful. Which leaves question, is it death or pain that's immoral? I would argue death can be a mercy compared to pain.
Finally, before the topic of morality is closed we must discuss family and friends. Typically an advocate of suicide will say something along the lines of "My body is my own, I should be able to do what I want" to which I would reply, "when you have children or a spouse, who rely on you for support, your body is not entirely your own". This is the major area the court would have to be concerned because, assuming neither person has any outstanding debt, allowing a painless death to a crippled 20 year old who has no living family members, is much different then allowing a 45 year old with 4 children and stay at home spouse to die. If someone were to apply for assisted suicide while they had no-one relying on their support (I don't recall the official term) the process would obviously go much quicker than for a person applying for AS who did have living family members would maybe need to have them sign off as well? This area I'm unsure of.
In closing, if all parties effected by the suicide have agreed to it and no outside party is being negatively financially affected I, personally, cannot understand what is wrong with assisted suicide (whether the reason is chronic illness or lack of will to live).
he most selfish thing someone can do is to allow someone else to be tormented and suffer day in and day out. If someone believes ending their life would be a remedy to their pain, then let them do as they choose. No one wants to continue to be in severe pain or severely depressed with hopelessness day after day. It is absolutely absurd to let another being suffer so much when they just want to leave in peace. Please have some compassion for those that choose to take this route. God Bless.
This is the best supporting analogy I could think of; If you and your friend both individually own expensive vases, you can't go and smash his vase, that's illegal vandalism. However, you own your expensive vase, you can smash it if you want, as it is yours to destroy.
We were brought into this world without consent, and should consequently have the right, a legal human right, to end it.
The only things i see wrong with this is that you may get a bunch of pampered youths killing themselves because their daddy didn't get them what they wanted for christmas, or people ending their lives due to exam stress. Not to mention how birth rite conspiracy ties in with this, and whether it really is your life to end..
Suicide should be an option for every individual. To be able to kill oneself in a peaceful, safe, and successful manner should not be withheld. An individual who wishes to kill themselves should first seek medical help. If after some time period the medical help is not successful, then that individual should have every right!
That title sounds bad yes but many people say that committing suicide is immoral, evil, and stupid. Is it? What if that person feels they are a threat to others? What if someone really has had enough of life, whether or not they are mentally stable or unstable. You grow bored playing the same game, eating the same food, doing the same things. What if someone grows bored of life? Will you deny them their truest and easily accessible tool. Besides, some believe in an afterlife. To withhold someone of their own thoughts is to control those around you. Yes when committing suicide you should think of who you are harming and is it worth it, but sometimes, even after all of the drilling questions, you realize it is worth it. I shouldn't care what others will think of me, a coward? I would be dead, not longer worrying about the next terrible day.
While eliminating the underlying cause of a mental disorder or organic illness, if a person, in a legitimately sane state of mind is determined to end their life, they should have the right to do so in a humane, safe way after proper counseling and consultation with a proper specialist. No government or special interest organization should be supported to block a person from taking their own life. Suicide, though considered an irrational concept, is still a right for those who deem it necessary to end suffering beit physical or emotional. The amount of money poured into therapy to "change someone's mind" regarding suicide is something that can also be considered in this debate.
You are put on this planet without having a say in the matter. Randomness determines whether you are born with talents, your economic circumstances, whether your parents are nice loving people, etc. Some people get dealt a bad hand. They should be able to take their life if they don't want it, in a humane way.
We are thrust into this world against our will; into a world with very little freedom or hopes of happiness. The only real freedom we have, therefore, is to choose to end our misery. NO ONE has the right to dictate when another person's life should or shouldn't end. That is YOUR RIGHT, and it is NOT selfish. Parents are selfish for bringing children into the world against their will for their own selfish reasons. Suicide is a logical way to end life's misery.
I believe suicide should be a legal human right because no one should decide my destiny but me. If I decide to live and become a viable member of society, that is my decision. In turn, if I decide to die, that should be my decision as well. The basis for committing suicide is really not important, but certainly clinical depression, terminal illness, hopelessness, etc could enter the equation. Sure, there are religious issues and the pain of those left behind, but ultimately, if I want to die, it should be my decision and mine alone.
It may be sad but many people have good reasons, where suffering may be emotional or physical, or even both. It is your body not the laws. It's your life not theirs. It's not the smartest idea because you can get help. But this can cause more suicide attempts because of stress and them telling you you're an idiot. It should be LEGAL.
I would never attempt suicide, but it should be a human right, a freedom right,
Why should a personal choice to end it all be questioned subject to the circumstance - if I were to commit to a scientific study into for example - (history Yellow fever) and die how is that legally different from a similar health choice for an extreme remedy ? For example an analysis of trends and outcomes for the most bizarre health solutions
In a truly free society everyone should own their bodies and their souls. They should have the right to do whatever they wish with either one. This should include the simple legal right to end one's life and destroy one's body as long as neither action imperils the safety or the health of another.
If one's right to liberty and pursuit of happiness is inalienable (as guaranteed by the Constitution) then it follows that that same liberty extends to every decision that person makes - including the taking of their own life. The choice to live or die is the right of the individual.
Of course all suicide laws are pointless and unenforceable, but all the same, they should be abolished for the principal of the thing. Anyone who claims to be "conservative" must concede that this is one of the areas where the government has been restricting personal choice. And liberals may disagree, citing the fact that suicide is a terrible thing that hurts many more people than just the one who lost his or her life. But as sad, ugly and horrendous as suicide may be, the choice to keep living or not must be one that I can make. Unless I am convicted of a murder and am trying to use suicide as a way out of my punishment. After committing a crime, I should not have the right to kill myself until I have served my penalty.
For most people who try to commit suicide, it is their last resort: They don't want to be helped; they just want to exit this world with dignity. When someone is suspected to be trying to commit suicide, a lot of psychologists try to help them but it makes them suffer even more; it shows them that people care about them only because they try to commit suicide.
. Too often suicide is linked with the concept that people are not "in their right minds" when they decide to take an active decision and part in whether they remain alive or not, and i find that patronising and condescending. Nobody tells me how to live my life, yet others can decide how I end my life. Also, I can make the choice whether i want to have an abortion or not and "delete" or "get rid of" another (potential) life, yet cannot make a decision about what i want to do with my own life. Kinda odd!!!
I think that since you were born against your will that you should be able to end it when you want, many people go through depression and feel useless, you deserve to get out of a situation you arent comfortable in. What if youve lost all purpose in life?? Its your choice...
The right of self ownership is the ultimate acknowledgement of property rights. The question itself is invalid if we understand people own themselves. For others to claim you need legal codification to legitimize control of the disposition, and disposal of your own body, undermines all property rights.
If society gets to decides when you may end your life, you don't wholly control you're own body. We have a word for someone who is owned by others. People already have the right, inherited from domain over their own body as a right to their own property, to freedom of action including killing themselves.
I think it should absolutely be a right, but not 100% of the time.
It should be a process, not something that happens right away.
I believe a psychological test of sorts should be given to the applicant, after applying for death at a medical center.
Just a quick test to make sure this person is not making the decision too quickly. Make sure they know for sure what they are getting and have professionals go over them and agree they are lucid and able to make such a choice.
(It's a lot like applying to adopt a child, this is a right people have, but they won't give a child to just anyone, they need to test the people out first.)
For example; if it is something like, "My boyfriend dumped me and I'm ruined!!"..
Honestly, that's the most ridiculously stupid thing a person should suicide over, in my opinion.
You could most likely assume that this person is clearly somewhat lower in terms of intelligence, to say a statement like this, (especially if they are still saying it day after the event occurred).
Therefore, I believe they should be declined the right if it is something that they may get over and the person giving the test feels that they are choosing this option too quickly.
Although, the person could always reapply and maybe if they are unable to work through their problems, and the professionals allow, they could be granted after at least trying to recover.
However, if someone is of sound education and has debated both the pros and cons of life and living, much like I have, and reached a conclusion based on years of debating the meaning and definition of life, and they still feel that it's not worth it, their application should be accepted.
You have to also realize that you will, and everyone who has ever committed suicide, will regret it, and wish they could take it back eventually if given the chance. However, as long as you are aware of this fact and still choose it, then this means you are clearly intellectual enough to be making this type of choice.
99% of the time things can get better if you want to work at it, but for some people it just doesn't matter.
We must have the enough strength to accept the rejection but suicide is something more than that. Its not a choice, its just a reflection toward the previous failure or mistakes which cannot be forgiven. I personally had some suicide attempts which failed i had such decision the reason was the fear of future. My personal thinking over such debate I that if a person who is not willing to live must have a clinical suicide where he can have a death with no pain.
I completely agree it should be legal.Look at the world it is overpopulated. If we keep on saving the poor , sick , and depressed there wont be enought for better to live. And more over it's an absolute delusion for people to think that human being cares about other beings .
Who decided to have a child at a young age, brought a few kids into a world by a mistake, against there will. When a person has child hood trauma, fears ,self esteem issues, intimacy issues, very poor health. What is the point of being on earth, when no one taught you the skills to be here. If you are suffering your entire life with no one to love you and even if they tried it wouldn't feel good. You'll continue to ask yourself why am i here to wake up every morning to suffer to work to just get some food in your mouth and a roof over your head. I think suicide should be legal! Who has the right to even conceive you? Living in that life? Obviously half the people on this earth. Which should give us the right to take our own life.
If we go on in the current direction, the world could become unbearably overpopulated, consuming very limited resources, and recklessly causing environmental damage accompanied by extinction to animals and plants. In such a situation, persons who choose suicide could be regarded as heroes, akin to those who die in wars. As we see a growing elderly population getting expensive medical care just to live a few years longer, they should be given the dignity to check out rather than face increasing debilitation of mind and body. It is becoming the consensus for terminally ill to have medically assisted suicide. Even younger and healthy persons should be given this right, if they are sincerely hopeless about their situation ever improving. If it is reactionary such as loss of family, house, spouse, boy/girl friend, the person should at least be thoroughly interviewed to make sure this is really what they want to do - then after a period of at least six months, they should be allowed that option. People in starving countries, working at humiliating low-paying jobs, kicked out of society, in life imprisonment, perpetually unemployed, physically debilitated/limited etc. Should certainly have that option. We need to revise our notion that suicide is an immoral "cop-out"; perhaps that person is weary of physical existence and wants a change. They will be comfortably accommodated, make any arrangements, given a last meal, say farewell to anyone concerned, and then given a lethal injection of pain-killer.
You live your life to its fullest. You added life to this world and hopefully improved it along the way. You have climbed your Everest and are satisfied with what you have achieved. The party is over. You are a shell of your former physical self You are embarrassed about how your body has deteriorated leaving you dependent on others to wipe you and feed you and move you from one window to the next. You are an emotional, physical and financial burden on all those who you love and who love you. Leave this life in style while you still can and make room for others to follow.
Suicide is no different than choosing a career path. Should anyone be able to decide that for you as well ? The fact is many people flat out do not like being in this world for many reasons, and every single one of us will die at some point regardless on how we feel about it. For many there is no point or pleasure in growing old in this place before we die. Life is just a choice and no one should be able to say you have to live for a long period of time. That is no ones business other than your own and interfering with that should be a criminal act of the highest order. Your soul is your own to do with as you please and if we are not willing to acknowledge that then what is the point to having personal freedom in any capacity ? Live your own life and keep your beliefs to yourselves when it comes to matters of this nature. You have no right to do otherwise !
First off, to all religious people here: your argument is moot. In the U.S. We have freedom of religion, which means we can choose to practice any OR NO religion. If you're a Christian, don't kill yourself then but your beliefs have no place in this country. To those who say it is morally wrong, how? There are things your family won't approve of: who you choose to date, if you decide to do drugs, your choice of fashion or music. People do all these things without really caring in the end. "It's my life mom/dad I can date/eat/listen to/dress like whatever I want!" Suicide is somehow the point where people will say "you can't do that, people care about that!" It's ridiculous that all these things are acceptable, but to peacefully and willingly want to die is out of the question. It really is a legal human right, because when you remove all the religious implications and all the bias, it really does make sense to let someone do what they want with their life. People can legally drink themselves into depression and even death with alcohol, why can't facilities be opened where medical professionals give you a lethal injection? Beyond the benefit this is to someone who wants to die, the benefit to others is real too. A new industry would be created, which means new jobs and new sources of revenue. New job openings would exist if someone chose to end their life, as well. It would lower the population, but not by a very significant number.
Everybody loves this beautiful world. Nobody want to die. We need to face many problems for existing ourselves. Sometimes we are losing our passion.We do not have enough energy to face these. Problems. We need to face many complicated condition which brings our life worst than hell.In this circumstances some one commit suicide. Suicide should be human right.Everyone have some rights in this world. Everyone has to right take decision. If we can get all rights for secure our life, why should not we take decide how we want to die.
I feel that if after therapy, and 'interventions' enough is enough. This is going to be harsh but these are not productive members of society, and yet we waste time, effort, and resources on someone who does not want to be here. Everyone should have the right to do with their life what they want... We have it up to that point! Which is why assisted suicide should be legal as well. Someone who drinks themselves to the end, and is in liver failure and just keeps on progressing to complete multisystem organ failure, if they don't want to go through that- I understand. They made the choice to drink and we allowed it, if they want to go out with a little dignity, I get that too. Save us the time, the energy and the resources of medically futile treatments.
People always say suicide is selfish but the people stopping those from suicide are the selfish ones. They want their loved ones to stay on earth purely for selfish matters because that persons loss will cause them grief. So basically you are asking someone to stay in this state of constant depression so that you don't have to. Gods not ok with suicide? Then why'd he make people with that overwhelming grief and illness? We have the right to talk, the right to practice whatever religion we want, but somehow we don't have to right to control what we do with our body. Nobody chooses to be born and definitely don't choose to feel that their life isn't worth living. You cannot measure someone else's pain therefore you cannot tell them that what they want to do is wrong.
The right to suicide has to be the most basic human right. Making decisions for oneself, even if others disagree, is paramount. Without that right, there is no freedom. Anyone who has been in such a distressing situation where they wish their life to end should of course receive as much support as possible, but if the decision is not impulsive and has been made after consideration then the person choosing to die must have that ultimate right. They should be helped in some way.
I believe what pretty much the webpage suggests. I think that committing suicide is an individual choice that should not be suppressed. Just like reproductive rights, you should have the right to do whatever you want to your own body. It is not fair to decide another person's freedoms, however it is fir to persuade another person.
Everyone dies its a simple fact of life and when my time comes i would like to say my goodbyes and call it quits. Leaving this world with dignity is an option that should be afforded to all of us because forcing people to linger on beyond there own willingness only leads to unnecessary suffering
If we can say it's a women's right to take a life without giving that life a choice why can't a person take their own life? One person making a choice about their life. It's hypocritical to say pro choice in reference to women and pregnancy. It should be a human right to take your own life.
It's your life and if you're not enjoying it you should have the choice to end it. However, before you have the right to end it I think there should be a process you go through of trying to see why life is worth living. Kind of like a treatment process to understand what you are about to do and see the positive and negative effects of it and see if thats what you really want to do.
Freedom is a farce when you make it illegal to check out. Let a person decide how they want to live, so long as it does not cause harm to anyone innocent. Life isn't for everyone. Yes we are lucky to be alive, but some people have mental disorders, terminal illness, or other things that make them suffer. You may be happy and content. That doesn't mean others are. And no matter what, some people are simply wired to be unhappy and suffer constantly. If they wish to end their pain, who is anyone to impose their own will or opinions upon them. Let these people be and let them do as they feel they should, without judgment or insult. Respect the decisions of others as their own. If they wish to leave life, let them do so without causing them further suffering or anguish.
Just as cancer is a killer so is living with the pain. I've lived with wanting to die for the past 17 years just so as to not inconvenience anyone. Because of carrying that pain around (yes I've sought help and been in therapy for years plus medication which has never helped) my health is failing. I'm 28 years old with heart failure due to stress. Had a heart attack. I came across this now and feel so amazed at how selfish people are, not only telling people they are selfish to want to die, but to put them down further and classify them as crazy too, does that really help? Telling me to go get help and then turn their backs like I'm an embarrassment. Does that help? I'm not dyeing anyways, very slowly due to having this pain internally so long. A quick death would have been better.
Also those who live in chronic pain that can not be helped, and are forced to continue to work and keep going like everyone else who feels perfectly fine is not ok. I am sad that they end up wanting to die, I think there needs to be work leave acts etc for those people. I have chronic pain myself and have been there before so I do know.
Wanting someone to stay alive in deep emotional/physical pain, just so YOU don't have to be in pain is actually more selfish. Ask yourself, do you really love them? Or are they just useful for you? Because if you really love them, you don't want them hurting at all. Food for thought.
Like what has surely been mentioned many times before, you don't choose to be born. Life is mandatory, it is a decision made by your parents. Sure, sometimes (hopefully many times) it is a gift, something good that you should be thankful for. However, it didn't result from your own decision, but rather from your parent's choices, who have no idea what will happen to you in the future, or how your own character will be. Therefore, people should be entitled to decide whether or not they should continue living that life. It's about a question of freedom more so than a question of legality.
Others do not have the right to tell me what I can do to myself. I will kill myself! End of story and life! You don't like it so what go on with your life! I'm not stopping you from going on with your life. You have no right to end my life nor me yours, but I have the right to end mine.
Free sovereignty over the mind and the body trumps all. If someone wants to die we should let them take there life. Free sovereignty over the mind and the body should not be decided by the state. It should be decided by us. That is what true freedom is. I cannot claim any freedom if i do not have that.
Nobody wants to die, but those who have suffered physically or emotionally long enough and have made conscious choices to end their own lives should be given the choice to do so comfortably with dignity. Those who have never gone through such suffering would never be able to understand what it was like, and therefore should shut up and mind their own business.
And it is my right to decide when to end it. You can deprive me of freedom, medical care, torture me, abuse me, but *I* decide when I want it over. You can even take that choice away from me, but I will never willing give it. My life is *mine*. Unquestionably, inalienably. It's the one choice I have that cannot be taken from me by force. I own it. No-one else.
You have the right to do with your life whatever you want. If that includes ending your life, that's your right. It should not be allowed in cases of mentally ill persons (despite what many people say wanted to commit suicide does not mean you're mentally ill). If a person can surmise an argument based on reason for wanting to die, then they should be allowed to do so, they should be assisted in doing so to make sure there is little pain, and it is morally wrong to stop this person from committing suicide.
You were never asked to be born. If you aren't happy, and you have never been happy, and you're sure you never will be happy, you should be able to stop living a life you hate. It's that simple. Not all people are equal, and happiness isn't something that we'll all find throughout our lives. Nobody owes it to anyone, to continue living a life you hate. To call a suicide selfish, especially the suicide of one who was unable to find a partner or a family, is disgusting and reprehensible. It's also the matter of growing old and worthless, and that it's something a lot of people simply don't want to go through. What right do you have to force someone to live a life they hate, out of guilt?
People should be allowed to decide what to do with their own lives. I know what I want for myself better than any of you. So if I decided that what I wanted was to kill myself than I should be able to do it legally. It's my life, my choice.
I, myself, am not suicidal. But I believe if someone truly doesn't want to be here anymore, it's their life and they should be able to make a choice. Whether it be a bad choice or not, is for them to worry about. I've known people who were suicidal and have recovered from it. All I have to say though is, if you can refrain from it, please try to do so.
I was never grateful for my mother for my life. I've suffered a lot in my life and even before the bad events, I didn't see any purpose in life. Even as a child, I didn't care whether I am alive or not (and no, I wasn't abused or anything as a child...). Just because my parents chose to have me for their own happiness, out of their selfish feelings, I am obligated to love life and suffer until I die of cancer or whatever reason? Um, no.
Whether or not suicide is wrong, no person should have the right to dictate what you do with your body. No other person should ever be arrogant enough to think they can choose better than you whether your life is worth living. They can, and should feel a responsibility to, argue the point against you, but ultimately the decision is only yours to make. If someone truly cares, they will respect your decision. For most people, institutionalizing them for making an extremely hard decision is a huge insult, and a greater torture than living the life they wanted to escape.
Whether or not a depressed sod has the "right" to suicide, will not be a factor in doing so. We can only hope that they understand the consequences of what will happen afterwards (eg. loved ones mourning, blah blah blah), then again, if life is that unbearable then wouldn't it be selfish of those loved ones be the deciding factor of a suicidal persons mortality?
There are too many people alive as is. Start letting us make our own choices. Forcing us to live just to benefit everyone else is far more selfish. Keeping a person around against their own will is wrong! I can't think of a time where I havent wanted to die. I'm happy with what I've experienced and would just like to die now. Short and sweet life. This living to 80 crap isn't for me.
The "homosapien's" biological need to breed and man's progressive intellectual nature constantly cause the problems in our lives to snowball as the years go by. Overpopulation being the biggest dismissed problem at the top of the list in my opinion. Suicide would be one step into putting a bit of balance in the world.
Forcing a person live is selfish, especially when that person is suffering. Emotional, physical, mental, or other, only the person who is suffering knows his/her pain and should be allowed to end that pain as they see fit. If I am to commit suicide, there should be no legal consequences of doing so.
Is your life really yours or are you a slave to the corporate government? Better to die free than live as a slave. Work is slavery, time is not yours, life is too painful, I believe we should have the right to choose to stay or go. And to any religious robot, don't judge others according to your standards.
If I reach a point in my life where society offers no more hope I should be allowed to kill myself. As long as others aren't hurt. The world is a much more difficult place to live and make a decent living, so why should I be forced to live in it?
If I have the right to live, I have the right to die. Who is anyone to deny it? It is not as if anyone cares for others. We all know what we are doing. It does not have to be a terminal illness. If I lost interest in life, I should have the choice. What is the government's problem in this anyway? They do not care anyway.
One thing I hate about the "pro suiciders" is that they always mention "terminal illness".
My stance is that you should have the right to end your own life, humanely, whether or not you suffer from an illness.
Suicide is a right each human should have, even if they're not "terminally ill".
Nobody should have the right to take that away, period.
Everyone should have the right to end their own life. What gives anyone the right to tell us what we can or can't do with our body? If I am going to die of some horrible disease or Alzheimer's, why should I have stay alive and put my family through the agony of watching me die - horribly...or for that matter, why should I have to go through that agony?
I think that if people want to comitt suicide than they need to get help and they could to rehab or some where i dont care if your a adult or child you need to think of who cares for you and has been there for you and think of what would happen between others when your gone trust me i was suicideal and it made me realize that i am here for a reason god made us all and has somethin g here for us
Many of us , if not all , will go through something in our lives which will trigger negative feelings ( whether that be realizing the last chocolate of your favorite flavor has been eaten or ,more seriously, that a family member has passed away) therefore , we can all agree that life isn't all good.
Honestly, I think it's cruel to make a human being suffer with no choice in releasing these negative feelings - fair enough , if we legalize this completely ,I think that people WILL go over the top and "give up" too easily , they may be more tempted and it will increase suicide rates obviously , but why not legalize it to those who have went for professional help first? Can we not come to a compromise? Obviously if this was the system we undertook , I guarantee at least one person would "fiddle" the system and end up going to only one quick session of therapy, planning to commit afterwards just so it is legal - but even if this was the case , we'd still stall some time and sometimes that's all it takes to change someone's mind (I would know)
My second point is that I don't think it's fair for another human to say "no you are not allowed to end your life" ...who gives any other person the upper-hand over another human? especially when dealing with a matter as serious as their life? I believe that every human is equal (or has the potential to be equal) therefore it's not fair that another human , or a group of humans can make this decision for you.
Many will say , but it isn't a decision? it's not even an option. Why not though? It's been lodged in to us that it's a bad thing , we fear death naturally so we were bound to not agree with taking our own lives.You could argue that we've been brainwashed by our own human instinct - but as we grow to be more complex creatures , wouldn't it seem necessary and somewhat right to be able to fight against this and take control of our lives , and our planet?(population control?)
This topic isn't black and white , it's got so many grey areas - I mean , if it were to be legalized , I think that some sort of compromise would be beneficial - but then again, isn't that contradicting since i'm arguing that we should in fact , have complete control over our lives? See what I mean?
To be honest , you don't have to be depressed to want to end your life - you just have to view the world in a certain way , some may argue - for what the world actually is - the truth.Yeah , there will be people who say - but what about nature? music? love? sex? I agree , there are good things in life - but maybe it's just not the right place for some people? Like fitting in at school , some children are better home schooled , some people shine at public school.Life may just not be for everybody?
That's not really the problem though is it? We already know that , it's who gets to make the decision is what we're trying to figure out.
We're trying to play God either way , so that argument is pointless...
To round it up though - I think we should ask ourselves why it's not legal in the first place? What was the point in making it not a human right?
was it to avoid mess?(sorry for being graphic)... was it to control society? both? was it to reduce failed suicide attempts which would stress hospitals? maybe it was just because we care?
whatever the reason though , being potentially humiliated by a patronizing doctor and controlled by another human if you fail at suicide and are sent to a psychiatric ward isn't right. I fight for freedom - and it's inhumane to control someone like that.
I'm sure if everyone experienced that suicidal feeling first hand , we'd all vote yes.
so i'm the favor of those people, who committed suicide, they are not bad people, the situation are bad and difficult ,and the people who became their life miserable, those who kill themselves are not bad people and situations are bad. so i agree with the point that suicide should have a legal human right.
If a person is of sound mind. Intelligent enough to know their situation and sane enough to know how extreme their choice is, no one should stop them. If I was a rape victim. Trapped inside a house with someone who repeatedly violated and beat me, no one would think it odd if I wished to remove myself from such a situation. So why is it that when a persons' life becomes sad, painful an unbearable, the right to remove themselves from the situation is frowned upon. Besides, someone like me? All I have to look forward to is the minute chance that I've been "good" enough on Earth to see my family again.
Everyone dies at some point, its fact. Some people who are just tired of the daily grind would like to skip all the BS in this world and get on to whatever comes next. There are a lot of non brainwashed people in this world who see it for what it as a waste of time and wish to move on to the inevitable. its not always a mental illness or some underlying pain behind the desire to commit such an act and it shouldn't be treated as such. From many perspectives belief in a religion could be considered a mental illness just as easily as suicide so it all looks more like personal opinion than anything factual. Do whatever you think is appropriate to live your life the way you like.
While doing so try to remember that that is something others will be trying to do as well and for some that will include when and how they decide to leave this world. No one should ever have the right or authority to infringe on another persons decisions when it comes to the final outcome of this life as it is not your life ! It belongs to someone else and interfering is nothing more than forcing someone into your beliefs and in effect trying to play God when you clearly are not ! There is nothing positive to be gained from this and it will only strengthen a persons resolve to resist your beliefs so do us all a favor and leave others to live their lives the way they feel inclined to do so.
This is such a broad topic. You have those that have a terminal illness, those with mental illness, and those having gone through a traumatic experience. I speak only for myself. I am a strong believer in the right to die when I choose to do so, whether I have a terminal illness or not. Even if I were a healthy person who has decided that she has had a good life and simply does not want to live another xx years, I should be able to go without the worry of my family thinking they did something wrong or that I was not mentally stable. We have created the assumption that all people who commit suicide were not mentally stable and could have been stopped. That is true in many cases, but not all. We should all have the right to choose to die when we want to.
Why should someone who has a terminal illness and is in physical and mental agony be forced to live the last six months of their life like that. You would put a dog or a cat down if it was 'the kindest thing to do', so why not with a person? Just because they are more intelligent than a dog or a cat, which in some cases, is not even true, why is their life more important than a dog's life or a cat's life? Do you realize how wrong you are to say suicide is selfish. Yes, it affects friends and family, but if you really loved them, then you should be happy that they made their own choice, the choice that is right for them, not the choice that was right for you, me, or anyone else, but the choice that was right for them.
I never made a choice to end up living in the first place, so if I wanted to change that I should be able to. Even if it were illegal I could still do it. How would you punish me if i did? If I don't want to be here I should be able to leave.
This is very complicated and delicate subject. Unarguable, the person that tries to take own life, is not healthy and is having or permanent mental health problems or some temporally mental health problems. At that stage person finds impossible to face life and wants to end sufferings. Obviously any person in this situation should be given help, particular young people. Any person should have a chance to try to recover, because not everyone, who is attempting suicide, really wants to die.
I have been suffering from mental illness since my childhood. More likely I was affected from early childhood following bad life experiences that I had. I grew up in orphanage, experienced some bullying at school. Was always feeling insecure, was not feeling comfortable around people and found difficult to blend and make friends. First suicide attempt was when I was 16 years of age. I remember that always I was having life experience as a burden and often having thoughts that I don’t want to be here. I took overdoses and cut my veins. Despite it all, I managed to be a mum and to bring up three children.
The last episode; I have been seriously mentally ill for 4 years now. The onset was combination of things. I was going through menopause, my son was going through teenage problems and I didn’t know how to handle it, I was bullied at workplace. I became very ill, was sighed off work, tried again to take my life and was hospitalised. Then I had hysterectomy following which something happen to me; I became inside num; lost feelings towards my children and grandchildren. No emotions, only emptiness. I experience guilt, I’m not human anymore. I feel constantly tired, no energy, no motivation to do anything, can’t tolerate noise around me, don’t go out, cannot tolerate light. I just want to be asleep and never wake up. I have attempted to take my life at home and in mental hospital several times with serious overdoses. I have been in respiratory arrest, but I’ve been brought back to life or kept alive. I was waking up devastated. I cannot understand why to waist recourses on person, who want to die, particular if the person is middle age and had been trying to take her life several times. The thoughts of death In my mind are present constantly, but then comes trigger, something happens, and at that point I am loosing completely control over my actions; the only thing I want to do is stop my sufferings, stop being burden to others. At that point I am not able to evaluate the presence of some other person in my flat. I don’t drink normally, but if I would have access to alcohol on that day, I would drink it diluted with water, to increase the effect of drugs I take. I live with my younger son. Three weeks ago again I tried to take my own life. My suicidal attempt has affected him; he was not able to go to work. Apparently I not only took overdose, but I was trying also to cut my veins walking around the house, which I do not remember; I went unconscious. I was angry with my son, that he rung ambulance. But obviously he couldn’t do otherwise. I try to talk to him, that he has to accept, that living for me is a torture; that I have lived enough and that I don’t want to live till the very old age. I never want to be hopeless, not being able to look after myself and completely lose my dignity. I don’t want to become at that stage, when I am completely getting crazy and be placed in some mental hospital. I don’t believe that I can get well anymore; this is too deep inside me. And I know for sure that next time will be my last time. I will choose the time, when I’ll be on my own, and when nobody will be able to interfere.
However I am ill, and I certainly know that I will not die from natural causes, I still believe that there are many people who have chance to get well and enjoy life.
I am not saying that suicide is okay. And I do not think that anyone should do it. But suicide is someones life choice. No one should tell us what we can and cannot do with our lives. I mean killing OTHER people is wrong, yes. Harming others is not okay either. Plus, how do you punish someone who has ended their life?
To have one we must logically have the other. Morality doesn't enter into it, we generally concur on not imposing personal beliefs on others. Imposition on the right to die, and therefore the right to live, is the ultimate deprivation of liberty. I don't have any problem with suicide pills over the counter.
One of the aspects of having rights is to choose whether or not to exercise them. We all have the right to live, therefore we also have that right to not live. There has never been proof of chemical imbalances in the brain, and there is no proof that a persons problem can be cured. No one knows the situation like the one experiencing it.
Adults should be allowed to make decisions about their own bodies. They should not be shamed, accused of selfishness, or have their basic right to freedom taken away from them because of choices that effect their body and no one else's. you can't Baker Act someone for eating unhealthy food or refusing medical treatment for an illness, how is this any different? I don't think you should be able to buy suicide pills over the counter, but I think if you really want to end your life no one has the right to stop you.
No-one asked to be born, it seems reasonable enough that we should have the right to die. Even the notion that suicide is somehow 'selfish' irritates me; the choice to end their life must far outweight the benefits of them being alive. The world is overpopulated as it is, let people exercise a right to die.
I know that I didn't, and I am here now, and every day wishing that I had never been born.
Save humanity, Murder is Murder, yet we kill "Murdere's" every day. Is State sanctioned murder more moral?
It is my life, I should choose when it ends! Not a defunct Christian religion that sent 100's of thousands of women to their deaths because they had knowledge. And certainly not 1000's of muslims because they are in the same state of Christiananity 700 years ago.
Life is yours, you own it. You make it what it should be, or you end it as you choose!
Why should society be able to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own life, that is completely stupid, in the same way I think that drugs should be legalized, don't get me wrong I wouldn't touch the things but shouldn't we have a choice to do with our body what we wish? If we are to truly have freedom then we should be able to commit suicide, for society to reject this and restrain us from the mere talk of it shows we don't really have much freedom.
Its a choice and we should have freedom to choose.
Even if there is no legal way for suicide, people will do it illegally.
A person wants out of their misery; why not give it to them?
Dying now or later wont change the individuals willing to continue life. If they are unhappy about life, it usually continues...Why have them go through something they don't want. Don't they have a choice to do what they want with their own life.
We should have the right to choose to decide if we want to continue to live in a world where humans kill each other, where war is legal; a world where the human race is destroying everything, the beautiful animals, plants, trees, oceans, atmosphere, etc. And themselves in the process.
We are forced into this world without choice, we should at least be able to pick how and when we die. I suffer from bi-polar disorder I finally stopped seeing my psych so I wouldn't have to hear any more stupid "are you suicidal" questions. I have every plan on killing myself when I turn fifty, why should I prolong my suffering to make others feel good about themselves.
It doesn't take 50 words to explain this so i'm going to provide a loosely related argument as well: the only reason suicide is frowned upon by society is because of selfish family members who can't let go. These people would rather have someone unbearably suffer everyday and know that "theyre alive" rather than realize for even a moment that it isn't their life to live nor can they understand what it's like to want to die every day no matter how good of a day youre having.
The idea that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary is incorrect; many people suffer for decades.
What right has anyone to tell another to carry on living in the pain and distress they are enduring. Not everyone can be helped, not everyone has something worth living for; that is the simple truth. It is easy to tell a person who is suicidal to get help, it will pass and everything will be ok, but if you could truly understand their lives you just might keep your useless advice to yourself.
There's no coin that has only one side. There's always a head and a tail, else it won't exist. We have the right to life and should also have the right to die. That will make more sense regarding the rights of living. Life and death goes hand in hand. True freedom gives us the option on which one to choose. There are infinite reasons a person can say regarding this matter, but if there's a will there's always a way. Suicide doesn't even need to be legalized for it to exist. It will always exist in society. One can only control one's self. Why take away those natural rights away? Maybe because of the natural desire of another human being controlling another, which helped build a society/community.
Unlike murder, where the perpetrator is infringing on another person's right to live, suicide does not infringe on any liberties. On the contrary , it fulfills the liberty of an individual to self terminate. Laws are created to protect individuals from the harm of others or from unwittingly harming themselves, eg the law enforcing the wearing of wearing a seat belt. Murder is contrary to the victim's desires and needs, which is blatantly obvious. Less obvious, is that stopping someone who wants to die from killing themselves is also, like murder in reverse, contrary to the desires and needs of the person wishing to die. In that way, stopping the person who wants to die from killing themselves, is infringing on their liberties and making them a victim, this time a victim of oppression.
Any just law should be harmonious with the tenet, "you can do what you like as long as you don't hurt others". Oppression hurts others. Stopping someone doing something that is only to themselves is oppression. Any law that allows oppression, is unjust and has no place in an intelligent free society.
Those in the other camp might argue that suicide hurts those who knew, loved, depended on etc the perpetrator. Well, so divorce, infidelity, smoking that increases the risk f death by cancer. Should we ban all these selfish actions too? Of course not! People have to live their own lives and sometimes they hurt others unintentionally. That doesn't mean there should've slaw against certain actions. If a woman rejects a man's advances, shouldshepinished for hurting him? She was only doing what was right for her. Likewise, with suicide.
If you ban suicide, what would be next? Infidelity? Rejecting a lover? Smoking? Breathing too loudly?
Having read both sides of this argument, I must posit this question to those that are opposed: Do you not realize that "self sacrifice" is suicide too? You speak of suicide as being unethical, immoral, and selfish. Yet I read nothing admonishing self sacrifice. Before you let things like lack of information or misinformation form you opinions, try to think a little harder.
Honestly, to deny someone the right to end his or her life is imposing on the right to be happy. Some people are born into circumstances they cannot overcome and for many life is filled with horrible people and harsh realities. No one necessarily chooses life, it is something they are thrown into and occasionally they cannot bear the weight of the world, so the right thing to do is to let that person go peacefully on their own terms rather than subject them to a lifetime of suffering
When one does not see a supporting reason for the things he/she is dealing with in life, they should be able to choose to tackle it or just leave everything behind and not accepting the challenge or prize or whatever that takes to involve with the issue. Whether this is counted as a legal right or not, everyone has this human right when they are born. My argument is more in line with that it is everyone's right to know and hear this fact. We should not be jailed to life long commitment to life.
Why don't we go out and have Chinese take-out today? Why don't we take a vacation to the Maldives next week? Why don't we watch Iron Man 3 instead of Life of Pi? Why shouldn't I study Art while my parent demand I major in Business Administration?
It is the choices we make daily that take us where we are. It is as simple as nature (what you were born with) and nurture (who and what influence you) impacts that got us debating this topic after all. Whatever reasoning, here is a non-complex resolution: Either you decide for yourself to jump off a building, or someone prevents you to do so of his/her own choice. Why should we let others decide our fate after all these globalized pool of education via internet, technology, and melting pot of cultures.
I'm sure people with higher degrees of education have more profound comments to back up this simple urge to our existence. This is all I'm willing to share at this point.
What would anyone else know about the pain I've been through and have no desire to continue going through? Mental illness is a curse that no one can understand unless they have gone through it. For god's sake why make it so hard for those of us that don't want to be here?
Some know that they will never have a cure for an illness or condition, and would rather die with dignity than suffer for an elongated time, only to feel pity and see sadness. Some have truly reached the end of what they can handle, and then make a choice. To deny them this right is to say that you have control of their lives, which is false. They have control, and individuals can make logical decisions to kill themselves. People are forgotten, lives move on. To those who say that it affects others, of course it does. But wouldn't someone willingly and logically killing themselves with a smile on their face be better than letting them crash and burn for the rest of their potentially painful lives?
I suffered a complete spinal cord injury a year and a half ago from a car crash. Not only am i plagued with health problems, severe pain where I can feel, and paralysis; I've completely lost my social life and have been plunged into isolation. I am living in Hell on Earth. Do you all really think you have the right to tell me(and the many others in similar situations) we can't end this hell. That "its not right" to want to end this pointless suffering and then shun us from society as gross unsightly cripples. I'm very pro suicide and seriously thinking about it now reguardless of its legallity.
I strongly believe that a person belongs to themselves and whether they are psychologically or physically affected by illness it should be their right to end their lives. I understand this goes against a lot of religions and also it would cause a lot of grief for family friends etc. But wouldn't it be better to know that the person you loved is now in a better, happier, safer place for THEM wherever that may be?
As somebody who has suffered mental illness all my life, I am fifty years old next October, I feel that I am more than qualified to comment upon this subject. The medication I have been taking has been altered several times during the pest twenty years and I have become nothing more than a pharmaceutical guinea pig now.
If one is to form a conclusion that is so realistically coherent as to be enacted, and said action is not excessively traumatic to others (obviously case dependent), why should that conclusion be condemned? I mean, If a runner becomes tired and concludes it would be best to stop, let them.
You schould have the choosse of weather it is right or rong because if you are suffering you schould be able to end it if you fell like there is now ay out wouldnt you rather die in your owm time then when people are going to kill you or a deases is
Ultimately it is my life to decide what I want to do with it. If I feel like ending it, that is my business. I don't believe that I am owned by another human being because of this I should determine my life. If I can't have my own life as something I own, how is that different from saying I don't have the right to my own opinions or thoughts. It is something that makes up me and I should be able to decide what I want to do with MY life.
I work in the mental health field saving people from killing themselves all of the time. And almost always, I believe that I should be keeping them alive, as usually the pain they are dealing with is temporary...But what bout the 87 year old patient who has no family left and is tired of living? Why should I forbid him/her from choosing to end their lonliness? I don't believe it should be a rash decision...I think that someone choosing to end their life should have to have a "waiting" period, as an impulsive attempt is more often regretted than not (for those who survive). But that being said, I believe that I should have the right to choose to end my life on MY terms. When I want, where I want, and how I want, providing that I am in the right frame of mind and not under the influence of substances or anything else.
Everyone dies eventually. Choosing how to die would decrease suffering. Instead of living with starvation, disease, being homeless, depression, etc, suicide relieves the pain faster. The world is overpopulated and there are too many starving people. If suicide were legal, and the population decreased, there would be more jobs and land (for food) for the people left.
If a person decides that they want to die for whatever reason, no other person has the right to stop them from ending their own life. If a person has decided to die, then making them stay alive should be considered torture. There should be safe places that people can go to if they need help deciding whether or not to commit suicide such as a professional counselor or an "Assisted Suicide Hospital".
Suicide or attempted suicide should not be considered a criminal matter. Rather, an individual should be afforded the right to choose whether they want to live or die. I believe counseling and assistance should be provided to those who attempt suicide and survive but there should be no legal intervention. Suicide causes no physical harm to other individuals and as such should be a protected right available to all individuals.
I know it seems as if I do not care about life or people in general but actually it is the opposite. I do care! I care whether or not my loved ones suffer through pain and agony when there is nothing more that the doctors can do for them. I care whether or not I will suffer through undeniable pain in the last days of my life. Granted suicide is against many religions that this country was based on but the choice should be left up to the individual not any certain religion.
I support making suicide a legal human right because I believe that each person should have dominion over their own body. If, as a person, I can choose to do drugs, pierce any part of my body, get a tattoo, etc. why can I not be the one who decides to kill my body?
Do people ask someone : "do you want to be born ? Do you really want to come into this world ?" - before giving birth to them. No. Then why do you ask "do you want to die ?" Stop controlling others, let them do what they want. If they feel happy about death, let them be, let them go. Its their personal decision, not yours!
Making this a right is removing government from this one last vestige of my personal existence. They have no right nor the business of dictating my life and it's value to me. Perhaps choosing to leave behind all of those who would enslave me is the act of ultimate freedom, as opposed to being a revenue-generating pole for the rest of my days. I just love these Xian types who spout the words of some ancient, tribal god about how sacred life is, but would enslave people to their views. I do not exist for other people's amusement, enslavement, or serviceable needs. I did not ask to be born into this cesspool, I did not ask to be made a part of a massive, drooling rabble who cares more about their televisions than they ever did a human being. I owe nothing to society, and they owe nothing to me, except the right to make a full, conscious, and determined decision to not play their filthy games anymore. So if I kill myself, I am denied heaven? Big deal. It sounds like the most boring place in the cosmos anyway. Besides, I thought real life was just a dress rehearsal for the afterlife. Well, it life a gift or not? Is it real or not?
Suicide is a choice we individuals take for ourselves. If we do not have the right to control our lives as we see fit, then there is no freedom in it. Why should someone in everlasting pain be forced to continue to live in a life full of agony? Mostly it is argued that the people who love you will get hurt. So what? Not everyone has people who love them. Even if so, their decisions shouldn't make you suffer for them. You should first know what you're dealing with, and be sure about the decision.
If a person longs for death and that is the only foreseeable future in their eyes, then I feel that they should be given the right to choose whether to live or not. The real concern with this is the family and friends that may be left behind. Therefore, I believe that the only people that should have any influence over the matter are the family and friends, but first and foremost the person involved.
Any suicide intervention should be the responsibility of family, friends and other close acquaintances, not a government bureaucracy. If you are reported to have thoughts of suicide, you will be taken from your home immediately and forced into a mental hospital for a 72 hour evaluation. Doctors, from there, can obtain a court order to keep you there longer. It's a violation of human rights to hold someone against their will if they haven't committed crime or posed a threat to others. Homicidal thoughts/actions, definitely justified for the safety of others, but not suicide. At a person's most vulnerable state they are forced into a complex as ineffective as the DMV that smells like feces and treated like an animal. This method isn't the path to healing, it's the path to emotional scarring.
Yes, of course. Any person, even if they are completely healthy, should have the right to die; they were brought in to the world without consent, and so they should be able to leave of their own free will.
Making it legal also means that people who want to perform suicide have the information available to them about painless methods (helium hoods, for example) as opposed to painful or maiming methods (e.g. suffocation, overdose or physical injury). It might also mean that there is less social stigma against a person who has a mental illness which causes them to idealise suicide, thus enabling them to reach out for help more easily.
Although I am in favour of suicide being legal, I believe it should be regulated so that only people who are either in a healthy mental state, or have a permanent and seriously disabling mental illnesses are able to perform it; this rules out any unnecessary deaths from temporary depression and other mental illnesses (which would seem to be the main concern surrounding legalising suicide / euthanasia).
The "cons" I am reading are ludicrous. "Join the Army," "incentive at slightest bit of problems," etc. No one decides to end life over "slight problems." And I am quite sure someone is gonna bring up the big one: religion. The Government's purpose is to work for us. Not to control us.
The law respects not the sanctity of the body, but the primacy of the will. If you don't violate my will by touching my arm, then that touching is not an assault; otherwise, it is. So if I withdraw my will from my body, my physical existence is no longer sacred, since I have no longer invested my free will in it. Instead, my free will opposes the continued existence of my body, and as has been shown, what the law respects is not our physicality but our will. The confusion lies in the fact that our physicality and our will are usually coextensive, but when we will to die, this overlapping of the sacredness of the will and the physical body ceases.
I should not be forced to live a life that I don't want to live. No one should have the right to force me to do otherwise. No one chose to be born into a society in which everything is chosen for you. The right to suicide would be the ultimate freedom.
Sometimes things get so bad that death is the only answer or is preferred. If we don't have the right to our own lives, what do we have? It's our life and we should be able to make our own decision to end it, if that is what we wish, mentally ill or not.
I should be able to do as I please, even though it is taking my life! I am living in the land of the free. I should have the freedom and right to commit suicide. Nobody, and I mean nobody, should be able to dictate anything to me. I am all for it.
I personally feel what's wrong with today's society is individuals having their two cents in someone else's personal business. Abortion is legal some places and that's practically killing another person. Shouldn't we be able to kill ourselves? For example, I also believe any and all drugs should be legal as long as you're only harming yourself. It's ludicrous to only protect rights you hold dear. You should be able to do whatever you desire as long there is no physical harm to another person. As far as "suicide is selfish blah, blah, blah", isn't it selfish of your love ones to want you live in misery? And the whole "suicide signifies mental illness" is complete crap as well. Buddhist monks have done it in protests. Personally, I'd like to go out like a rock star on top, in my prime. Athletic stars retire on top, and I see no difference. Who wants to be a washed up old fart? Not me. Better to go out with your boots on.
So who are we to tell someone no. Who are we to make a person who has no interest in being here to stick around. What because it would offend God? First of all if there were a benevolent god, then nobody would want to do that because all of their needs would be met, and they would have some sort of purpose. As far as I can see it life has no other intrinsic purpose other than survive and procreate. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the latter, it's the surviving that gets me. It used to have a purpose, it meant the survival of the species. Now with 6 billion plus of us, I see that as much less of an issue. In conclusion, I see modern society being better if it were opt in, not forced participation. That's my two cents. Thanks for listening.
If we have the right to life, a right cannot be forced. You cannot force someone to use their right to free speech. Why should someone have to be forced to use their right to life?
When someone wants to die, they should be able to make that decision for themselves and for their body. Others might have issues with people committing suicide, but that is for that person to deal with on their own. People should not be able to impress their own moral or religious views on others to prevent them from ending their life.
Though probably not a popular viewpoint, it should be the right of only the individual considering suicide to decide what to do with their life. As one can decide to become a farmer or a politician, it should be one's own decision whether they live or die. It would be preferable that this were only a consideration for the terminally ill that are living in pain. But to draw the line, legally, between living in pain due to a physical ailment, and depression, would be very difficult.
I definitely think suicide should become a legal human right. We didn't have a choice in being brought into this world and I think we should have the choice to be out of it if we would like. This is especially important for those with terminal illnesses. I think they should have the choice to end their lives if they are in pain and their quality of life is not satisfactory.
People should be allowed to do what they wish with their bodies as long as they aren't infringing on the rights of others. People should be allowed to terminate their own life if they wish at any time for any reason. If someone is determined enough, suicide's illegality isn't going to stop them anyway.
I wouldn't want to live in a society where one lacked the freedom to have the solitude and freedom of action that would allow one to commit suicide, if one really wanted to do so. But saying I don't want a state with authoritarian modes of surveillance doesn't mean I think the formal prohibition against suicide, and some specific strategies to prevent it are unwise. This is a decision that those who really want to make will find a way to make. A far larger number of people attempt suicide, or consider it. Most of these people can be helped through the problems that drive them in this direction, and they should receive the practical support and psychiatric treatment that would make suicide seem like a poor option. Terminally ill people are in a different category, with fewer options, and laws should recognize this difference. Yet even in those cases, they should remain cautious.
I think that terminally ill patients should be legally allowed to commit suicide. The reason for this is that terminally ill patients could be in pain or incurring medical expenses that they don't want to burden their families with. Since anyone can choose to kill themselves I think that terminally ill people should be allowed to do this legally and painlessly.
Death is supposed to be a natural way of life, no matter the circumstances. Inducing one's own death is murdering yourself, and it also goes against many religious beliefs. As a Christian, I feel that committing suicide is giving up on God and taking your life into your own hands. While I'm aware that there are various medical conditions that require comfort and morphine, as one is dying, physician-assisted suicide or self-induced suicide is morally wrong.
Everyone has someone that cares about them, and these people would be devastated if a loved one committed suicide. For example, what if a guy with a family committed suicide? What would happen to his kids, his wife? Also, many people who commit suicide are in not in a right state of mind. How can we say that they are making an informed decision? Saying that we should let people decide whether or not to kill themselves is like saying that we should let 5 year olds decide how much candy they want to eat.
Suicide goes against the moral fiber of our country and as result should not be granted as a legal human right. It is morally wrong for one to take their own life even if it eases their suffering. Some regularly argue that people should be allowed to die with dignity. This will certainly stop the pain but will condemn the soul forever. Therefore the benefits in this instance are not outweighing the drawbacks.
Societies that do not respect the sanctity of life will deteriorate in other ways as well. Suicide should not be legal, because making it legal will also open the door to many other ethical questions regarding life. It could possibly even lead to the practice of withholding medical treatment for those who desire it, if their lives are not considered to be of quality. That is not a question for the law to answer.
I do not believe that suicide should become a legal human right because it might change the way that police and paramedics treat suicide cases. Since so many suicidal people are afflicted by mental disorders, depression or drugs, they are not making a fully coherent choice when they attempt suicide. It would be terrible if paramedics simply allowed them to die.
Killing is killing, and murder is murder, whether self-inflicted, or done by another. While I do not think that murder and suicide are exactly the same thing, their end is the same. If anyone and everyone was legally able to kill themselves, then it would cause a lot of problems in personal lives and in society. The results would be much more detrimental than any supposed positive side to a "right" like this.
If suicide 'were' to be made a human right, it would defy mans gift of life. I do not deem suicide as selfish or morally wrong if an individuals existence is filled with torment they have an entitlement to do as they wish' however i cannot foresee a positive outcome to ratifying a suicide human right as people will view it as a promotion or enticement to commit to this act if they feel upset. In most circumstances a solution to the problem can be found as the feeling is in the majority of cases temporary.
First you need to understand what rights are. You need RIGHTS if you want legal protection. If you kill yourself what's the point of having legal protection? You have the option to kill yourself, of course, but to call it a legal human right is completely idiotic. Water, food, education, medical care - that are human rights. It's absurd to call anything else human rights.
Nature has made humans to be productive and live in the world ups and downs are general traits of life from whome none can escape. Nature has made humans unique and specific and has granted them with a special gift of brain,so instead of stepping backward and wasting our lives why not buck up our own selves face our problems and conflicts,and get away from as quickly as possible..
Life is too valuable to waste on something like suicide. There is so much good you can do in a lifetime. People matter, regardless to whether they believe it or not. We should be grateful to have the choice to live when so few don’t. People need to realize that they have a responsibility to not only themselves but to the people around them. Our decisions affect so much more than us because our individual lives consist of more than just us. When people start thinking about more than themselves and realize their responsibility, we won’t have to worry about people wanting to take their own lives.
Often depression is a phase, and with the right help, most people will find that their lives become bearable again, and continue to get better. If not, die doing something useful like joining the army/police force (not as deadly...) etc. If you think that you don't deserve to live, then ship yourself off to another country where nobody knows you and die trying to protect others etc. Plus, if you do commit suicide, even if it's not a right, what's anyone going to do about it. Making suicide a right is just encouraging people who don't necessarily have to die, especially teenagers who can ruin their lives in a second, because of hormones/bullying when all they need is to talk to someone, try to fix the problem and wait it out. (I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but think of the people who don't know how valuable they are, so destroy everything in a few minutes).
Suicide should not be made legal because by doing so it would give many people an incentive to kill themselves at the slightest bit of problems e.g. relationship problems - which may be able to be resolved in future. There are people who faced suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives but were deterred by the inaccessibility to suicide tools and the societal conception that suicide is "selfish" (the presence of this conception prompts the person to think of his family, and if suicide is made legal and suicide tools easily accessible, I do not think that the person will hesitate long enough to think of the lasting impacts on his family members who actually care for him). And many of these people who were deterred due to the illegality and stigmatisation associated with suicide are able to walk out of the depression phase later on, and are even thankful that they did not commit suicide back then even though they might have felt at that point that suicide was the only way out. There are definitely people who are certain they can never walk out of it but they may be able to. Even if in the end they really cannot walk out of it, technically they can still commit suicide because as was mentioned, once you're dead you can't be punished. Even if suicide pills are not available over the counter, technically you could still kill yourself if you were set on it e.g. chop off your own head (not advocating this to anyone, please). So in the end, stigmatisation and illegality technically do not actually bar one who is 100% set on committing suicide from taking one's life, but it serves as a major deterrent for those contemplating suicide and gives them another chance to walk out of depression and live their lives anew.
People have many reasons for committing murder, but a moral and civilized society cannot accept excuses for such a serious act. Just because you choose to kill yourself and not another does not change the nature of the act. It should remain illegal to show the sanctity of human life and to encourage people to think twice before engaging in this last, hopeless act.
If an individual has decided that they want to commit suicide, they are going to make the attempt. Criminalizing suicide is pointless because it has no effect. Any possible repercussions arising from a suicide are going to be irrelevant to the person that is trying to kill themselves. They don't plan on being around for that anyways. If they do survive they don't need to be punished by the justice system. They need mental treatment. Suicide is already tragic. If someone has reached the point that they consider it an option then they won't care about the law.
In a society where human life is valued above all else, the taking of human life should not be permissible. Suicide exists, and probably always will. And, whether lawful or not, what can really be done to someone who commits suicide. They can't be punished here on Earth. Ultimately, the suicide is between that person and their maker. So, I see no reason for society to give anyone the go ahead to take their, or someone else's, life. I don't see who this would benefit - besides those who stand to make a profit off of the creation of whole "suicide" industry/market.
I think that suicide will always exist. However, government-sanctioned suicide is just appalling. The government is involved in almost every aspect of human life, and it costs us not only our tax dollars, but takes away from issues in which the government should be involved.
While I would not necessarily want someone to stop me, I would want the right to stop a loved one or friend. Hopefully I could reach out to them and help.
I would think that with love and kindness they would begin to feel hope for the future again. I would think that with time and support they would begin to heal. I would think that gentleness and compassion along with patience would help them feel joy again.
I think some of the reason that people advocate for and support death with dignity or support suicide is because it is a quick solution to their problems and they can appear noble while supporting the right to die. I think they find it requires no time, effort, compassion, or patience etc. To support death and suicide. They may find it far less taxing to advocate the person go quickly and not emotionally drain them etc. All the while it appears merciful.
Another thing to think about though , if you are not willing to show some kindness and care, as well as put for some time and long suffering, then please do not run the suicide victim down and condemn him as weak Since it is quite likely that he/she reached out for support and help and kindness and was met with cold indifference and apathetic disregard.
If someone has clinical depression or something medical causing suicidal tendancies, then no, they shouldn't have the right to kill themselves until they are medically able. I think it is questionable whether suicide should be allowed in any "normal" setting, but for someone who is on expensive medicine, and being off that medicine leads to a slow and painful death, then yes, they should be allowed the choice of Euthanasia, according to their living will, or if they are in a state to rationally make the decision.
I think this because suicide is ending a life and that could technically be called self- murder. Suicide is stupid, because there isn't any point in ending your own life just because things in your life aren't perfect. Everyone has their flaws and their worries, but ending your own, precious life is defiantly not the answer! Take the people of poor countries; they would wish to be in our shoes. They die but they would do anything to stop that from happening!
People should know that there are others out there who can help them, and who care about them so much. Why would you want to take your life away knowing that you have a family that would be devastated if you were gone, if you have people who love you. You only care about yourself if you commit suicide, and don't care about how the other people who care about you will feel. It's not fair for your family to just cry, and go crazy because of a selfish stupid option you make.
There is no reason to have a law form it forreal no just no people dont want to say to their family member yeah you can commit suicide beacuse the law says. If you had a family member thinking about it what would you say or even a friend. So i think this should not be a law
Are we going to give rights to murder somebody to? Suicide is a choice, one I don't agree with (obviously). If their going to commit suicide what's the point of giving them rights anyway? Not to mention the fact that, we all go through rough times in our life, times when we don't always think straight, if suicide was a legal human right, many people would take their lives at stupid little things. Point is if you're upset over something, likeliness is you aren't thinking straight, and years down the road it wouldn't matter anyway. Making suicide a legal human right would only be promoting rash decisions and taking the easy way out (which doesn't usually work).
I do support those that are suffering too much pain and choose to end their lives early. As long as they do so with a clear head and have no more medical help for relief.
However, most of the people that try or commit suicide are either suffering from mental illness (treatable) or going through a bad time in their lives (addicted, broke, abused, bullied, lonely, angry, scared, ashamed). Too many end lives that held promise and had hope for big improvement, only because they don't have the resources or the support to change/escape their lives.
I have suffered from depression my entire life. Sometimes it has felt like I can't deal with things anymore, that sleeping forever or moving on would be better. But even a miserable life is better than no life at all. This is it, this is all we have and all we can be sure of, no matter your beliefs.
Time and time again I have chosen to find solutions or reprieve. I have struggled, but I have *ALWAYS* found a reason to keep going, even if it is only curiosity about what will happen next season in a favorite TV show. Little things have made a bigger difference to form an anchor to life than big ones.
There is no coming back if you end it all. You can't change your mind. You cheat yourself out of the joys of tomorrow. No matter how small, they are worth the fight.
Suicide should be the absolute last resort.