Assisted Suicide

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November 26, 2003

Should a person be assisted in suicide if they are terminally ill? This is a question

that raises much controversy, some feel it is justifiable while others feel it is wrong

any way it is looked at. Should a person have to suffer through an unbearable disease?

only to pass away in the end? These are some questions that doctors are trying to

determine if it is a reasonable case. Many people feel that death is something that should

occur naturally and without aid. I feel people should have the right to assisted suicide

if that individual has no chance of survival.

The only state as of right now is Oregon, which permits assisted suicide to be

carried out. All the other states have yet to allow this form of suicide as a means to

avoid major pain in a terminally ill person. Assisted suicide was first brought up to

help people from enduring too much pain due to illness. Terminally people include

those with inoperable cancers and diseases which cause a person to suffer a great deal.

Some of these people have little to no chance of recovering, all they are waiting for is the

day when they will pass. These statements were taken from the book Last Rights: The

Struggle Over the Right to Die. These people are only waiting and enduring painful

procedures to help slow the spread of the disease. That is absolutely no way for a

person to live, they have no life and nothing to live for.

The problem is quite extensive, because many people are terminally ill and have

no way of receiving any kind of aid or assistance. These people are living with daily pain

and can only pray that the day will come when it will end their suffering. If this is not

addressed than more people will have to suffer gravely and will not have the option to

Cancel their own existence. These people need to know that they have a way out,

something that can end their misery. I can imagine that these patients are living on a

day to day basis of pure uncertainty. Each passing day is another that will bring them

closer to death. It is a time of great emotional strain and an uncertainty that is enough to

drive someone nuts. Could you live under these grueling conditions? I know I would not

be able to live life that way, something would have to give. I researched this topic and

one of the articles that I used was entitled "The Right to Die".

In conclusion, this is something that a person must choose on their own as the

best way to end suffering. I do feel personally that a person should have the option

to die without as much pain and suffering. A person should have the right to end life

before it becomes too painful or exhausting. Life is precious I agree with that statement,

and I believe there is a God. However, in these specific situations, people are only

living in constant agony. I am sure that they would rather be put to rest before they are

unable to make reasonable decisions, as the illness progresses. Again, this is what I

feel is the humane way to treat a person, especially under the dire circumstances.