Should medically assisted suicide be legalized in the US? Discuss the pros and cons.Should medically assisted suicide be legalized in the US? Discuss the pros and cons.

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am one of those people who feels that the government has no business in our decision making processes, especially does that have to do with how we want to live-or stop living.

The pros of legalizing this process is that there will be regulations surrounding it, in order to make the process humane and dignified. If it were illegal and people, it runs the risk of becoming a dangerous and painful event with little dignity and much problems for everyone involved.

Once anything is legalized it will undergo further studies to assess how it influences society. That is the key reason why these kinds of situations should be treated differently. If I am a very sick person who cannot even live within my own body and my quality of life is affecting my family, it should be my right to choose when and how I want to end such horrid fate for good.

Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Assisted suicide has been the subject of legal and philosophical debate for decades. Proponents argue that assisted suicide as a consensual act that falls within the domain of freedom of life and liberty. They argue that governmental regulation of assisted suicide infringes upon individual liberty. A person's body belongs to himself, not to the state. Those who oppose legalizing suicide argue that the state should do all in its power to support the sanctity of life. Society shouldn't make it too easy for a person to commit suicide. They argue that legalizing assisted suicide sends the message that killing oneself is a socially and culturally acceptable decision. Instead, opponents say, we should send the opposite message: that taking one's own life is not acceptable.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One major con to many people is the danger that people will be coerced or at least pressured into committing suicide.  There is the fear that people will feel that they are obliged to end their lives early so as to save their families the pain (or worse yet, the expense) of a long, slow, end to life.  This issue is a major concern to those who believe that assisted suicide is a bad thing.

The major pro, as stated in the previous posts, has to do with issues of personal freedom and dignity.

boblawrence eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think doctors should kill people.  It is inimical to their training and practice.

Why on earth does someone need a doctor to kill them anyway??  Anybody with any sense can take pills, blow their brains out or jump off a skyscraper.  If they are too messed up to kill themselves, then they certainly are not able to rationally consent to being killed by a doctor.

For certain situations suicide is acceptable.  You just needn't get a doctor involved.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The problem with assisted suicide is the same problem with capital punishment.  There is no way to reverse it.  A person may be in a great deal of pain and make the decision to end it, but what if the decision is really affected by the pain at that moment and not a clear decision?

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I favor laws allowing medically induced suicide, but I believe restrictions should be in place. I believe medically assisted suicide should be restricted to gravely ill patients, and not for depression or other non-life threatening illnesses.

jasseb | Student

- discluding people who have severe medical problems, most people who attemptt to commit suicide and fail are glad they failed. With medically assisted suicide, there is no chance of failing, and could end the lives of people prematurely, when they are not ABSOLUETLY sure they want to do it.

-however for those with medical issues, such as those in constant pain, it would be a legal, and dignified way to end their lives, discreetly

Personally, i think it should be legalized, only for those with medical issues.

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