posted on Aug, 30 2004 @ 08:24 AM
Noticed the topic and i did this just the other year while i was at college, anyway heres what i wrote to explain my feelings etc on the topic. If its
too big (its between 500 - 600 words mods, i can edit it to make it smaller)
One argument for assisted suicide to be legalised is that every human being has the right to life, probably the most basic of our rights, bearing in
mind all rights come with a choice. The right to vote brings with it the right to abstain; the right to speech does not mean you have to stay silent
and in the same way the right to choose to die is implicit in the right to life. However, there is an argument against this case. It is recognised
that there is no comparison between the right to life and other rights. An example of what I mean is choosing to remain silent, but being able to
change back to talking or making some sort of noise. But if you die you will have no option to change back. If you take part in assisting with suicide
you are depriving the individual the ability to make choices in the future, making it immoral.
Another argument for assisted suicide to be legalised is that the people who are in the later stages of a terminal illness do not have a bright future
ahead of them. Their body will gradually decline; some of their organs may fail which may require them to have artificial support. Other situations
may result in the illness destroying their minds. Due to this, surely these people should decide the manner of their own end, and die with dignity.
However there is an argument against this. Modern care tries to preserve quality of life as far as possible. The future that lies ahead for these
people will be hard but society’s role is to help them live their lives aswell as they can.
My final argument for Euthanasia to be legalised is that suicide is seen as a lonely, desperate act and is often seen a cry for help. By making
attempted suicide legal, the process can be brought out into the open, a process, which is often secret. In some cases, families may have been unaware
of the true feelings of their loved one and by being forced to confront the issue of their illness may do good, maybe allowing the family to change
the patient’s mind about suicide. On the other side, the family could understand the reasons for it and perhaps assist. Yet demanding that the family
participate in such a decision can be a terrible burden, many may resent the decision and could leave them emotionally scared. Assisted suicide also
introduces a new threat, that the terminally ill may be pressured into ending their own lives, perhaps by others who are not prepared to help them
through their ordeal. Not even the most regulated system could prevent this from happening.
After examing the pros and cons for assisted suicide to be legalised I think it should be. If one of my family members wanted to end their life
because of a terminal illness I feel I would help, as long as that is what he/she wants. However, I believe I should not be done immediately but
considered with professionals dealing in such a topic, which would help if you are unsure what to do. I believe it is a great credit that there is
counselling services which exist that could help with trauma. If I where to develop a terminal illness however, I feel I would like to decide for
myself. Yet, if it were to be legalised there would need to be certain boundaries made such as whom commences the act.