It is hard for me to identify with the pro's of assisted suicide from a religious standpoint. I don't know that it is acceptable, but I can see a release from suffering for individuals who are in such dire pain. It seems, in this case, to be an act of compassion. I just don't know if I could condone it personally—though we are sometimes challenged when we are forced to consider it up close. And there is that idea that God giveth and taketh away.
Politcally, I agree with #5. Giving a person the right to take his own life seems similar to giving women the right to an abortion. Unfortunately, the infant lost never has any input, and on a personal level, I find the topic a very sad one. When so many people who cannot have children would give almost anything to have a baby, and as a woman who never could have a child, adoption is a blessing—let other take those babies. Of course, I have never been in the position to face this dilemma. With assisted suicide, the question arises as to whether a person really wants it or is being coerced into it. Politically, allowing this law to be passed to protect doctors might well create a loophole for people who just decide to assist another to take his or her life. Then the judicial system has another moral dilemma to deal with. And when does the government's right to decide life and death begin and end. Is it OK in some situations and not others? Or wrong altogether?
In the science community, perhaps allowing the very ill to take their lives would provide the scientific community with information from a body donated in order to gather information on how to better fight disease.
In all of this I wonder: if one tries to commit suicide, he/she is felt to be unbalanced. Does this law change if assisted suicide laws change?