What are pros of assisted suicide from the points of view of politics, religion and science?  

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As the previous posts might have alluded, I think that this is a wide ranging topic.  The idea of assisted suicide from a political point of view can evoke a great many topics.  On one hand, should the government have the right to enter the realm of assisted suicide?  Does government have a role in stopping it?  Is this a decision that lies outside of government intervention or regulation?  If you take the point of view of a proponent of expanded government and then the position of one who is against the role of government, there might be an interesting dichotomy revealed.  Another element here could be the religious point of view.  Does the role of assisted suicide allow individuals to "take" a position of God or divine power?  Does this lie outside what human beings should be able to do do?  A larger implication here would be if there is a higher power, as some would argue.  Scientifically, the question might be, at what point does a life warrant intervention in terms of assisting in suicide.  This might be another discussion point in terms of what constitutes the "unlivability" of existence.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a tough argument to make, since there are many reason why assisted suicide is questionable. But, here are some reasons to consider.

1. As the previous point stated, it gives the person the right to choose for himself or herself, even in the area of ultimate issues, such as life and death.

2. If the government allows certain people to die, I can see some argue that there will be economic benefits. And how these economic benefits may help others, who are in need.

3. Finally, science may say that if something is a medical impossibility to cure, then suicide may be the most compassionate answer in some occasions.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It's not clear to me how you split various "pros" of assisted suicide into these categories, but I'll give you a few arguments for assisted suicide -- I think they go in your categories in the order you gave them:

  • Assisted suicide allows a person to be the judge of what is best for him or her.  In this way, it is consistent with our democratic values and our idea that people know what is best for them.
  • It allows people to exercise free will and to do what their conscience tells them to do
  • It allows people to avoid unnecessary pain.  At times when people are in great pain and have only a short while to live, it makes sense to allow them to be able to escape the pain.

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