Should the "right to die" be considered a right?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I very strongly believe in this right.  If one does not have control over one's own life, one's own quality of life, and thus, its duration, then my own freedom is compromised in a very personal way.  I understand the argument some people make about only God being able to choose when we die, but then again, should we not do anything at all to prolong life?  Not do surgeries, give vaccinations, prescribe antibiotics - that is, if our life's duration is truly up to God?

I plan to decide when it's my time to die - whether society or the government tell me it's legal or moral or not.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The "right to die" is a very controversial topic relating to euthanasia. Euthanasia is also called "mercy killing" or "assisted suicide." It is the process of helping someone who is terminally ill die.

People who argue for the right to die would say that if a person chooses to end their own life then they should be able to do that. If a person has a very painful disease and it is certain that they are going to die then they should be able to die with dignity.

On the flip side, many would argue that God is the only one who is able to choose when it is time for someone to die.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say yes, under certain circumstances.

I think that people should have the right to choose to die in a dignified way.  However, I think that there have to be limits and safeguards on this right.  People should be allowed access to a painless death in limited circumstances.

I would say that people who are in a great deal of pain and do not have much time left to live should be allowed to choose their own death.  If you are in agonizing pain and you are not likely to live more than another year, why not be allowed to choose to die?

But I think we would need to have serious safeguards in place so that people could not be pressured into dying for the convenience of their families.

In general, though, I do not think it is society's business to tell people when they may or may not die.  I think this is a personal decision that should be left to the individual.

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jkvermil | eNotes Newbie

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Yes, I believe it is our right.  If you are suffering or are in great pain you should be allowed access to what you need to aleivate your pain.  If you have a terminal illness and do not wish to suffer from a long and agonizing death it should be up to you to choose.  I do agree that there should be safeguards in place to make sure that it is what the "patient" wants.

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