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The Controversial Issue of Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Imagine youu have just found out you are going to die within three months. Recently the questions have been changed form, “What am I going to do with the rest of my life? ” to “When should I kill myself”? With painful and crippling diseases such as AIDS and cancer, and Alzheimers along with doctors such as Dr. Kavorkian, some people are choosing death over life. Doctor assisted suicide has been a very controversial subject in the past few years. Some states such as Oregon have passed laws which allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients who have less then six months to live. Henin 1) Other state have taken the opposite side.

I believe that if you are able to reason and think rationally you should decide whether to live or dir. If not the people who know you best should make the decision. If you are ever in a situation where you now you wil soon die the choice whether or not to kill youself should be your own. I believe that doctorassisted suicide should not be controlled by the government, but should be apersonal choice based on the individual. Many people could not imagine living in a hospital bed for the remainder of their lives. They would rather die with ignity than live out the rest of their lives depandant on others.

The government thinks that they know what is best for the people. If everyone is an individuall, how can the government know what is best for everyone. I feel that people shold make up thir own minds about what is best for them. Joshua Haney worote an article on assisted suicide. He says, “Everyday we make choices that decide our fate and future. We choose where we work, what we eat and drink, etc. This is just one more choice that we are making. I we take away this right from people we are taking steps towards taking away other rights. Would t be morally right to allow that person to suffer in pain in anguish through some terminal illness? (Haney2)

I completely agree with him. What rights will they take away next? One problem people fae when they are seriously ill is the lack of money. There always weems to be one more bill waiting to be paid. They need money to buy prescription drugs, pay for the doctor appointments, tests, and in some cases lenghty hospital stays. Some insurance companies will refuse to pay for certain test, or drugs, or even refuse treatment altogether. Many patients can’t aford to pay for these treatments, and even if they oulld, most of the treatments only prolong life for a short amount fof time.

There is also no guarantee that the quality of life during these treatments woulld be wourk the time and money. No one wants to die in debt and leave their families with nothing but medical bills. If you don’t wish to continue living in pain, why should you have to pay for treatment that you don’t want? When someone is sicsk it is hard on the whole family. When someone is dying they not only have to deal with their own pain and suffering, both physically and mentally but also with the suffering that their friends and amily are going through.

They might begin to feel like a burden, and may also begin to feel guilty and depressed. Because of this and many other reasons some may choose to die. I am not saying that suicide id right for everyone, but I do think it should be an option when someone is suffering from aphysical disease that has notcure, or hopes of a cure in the near future. I feel that it should be apersonal decision, based on the wishes of the individual. The government and countless numbers of protesters should not claim to know what is right for everyone.

They say it is inhimane for doctors to assist in si suicide, but I have to agree with A. Wilkie Kushner, who write,s “We all di. Death is a part of life. Death is inevitable. Why should each of us not have the right to choose when and how we did; and if we are in no position to do so, why shoulld those who know us best not be allowed to help? Why is it considered acceptable for sospital staff to indefinitely postpone death with machines and tubes and potent toxic pharmaceuticals, and not to help people go easily when their time has come? Wher is the humanity in all this? (Kushner 3)

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