This is a very touchy subject – at least for me. I remember reading a few Supreme Court cases about assisted suicide, and I always had mixed emotions about it. I read that six states now permit assisted suicide (there are certain criteria that must be met in order to do so). I was quite surprised. I will share what I think about this topic, although, I am basing my thoughts off of an emotional stance as opposed to a legal stance.
When thinking about this topic, I tried to picture someone that I love and care about deeply wanting to undergo an assisted suicide. If he or she were in that much physical pain that him or her felt the need to have a doctor end his or her life, would I want the law to deprive him of her of that? Is that my place?
I guess it is not. I do not know what that person is going through internally and emotionally. Aren’t we given a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? If we are given the right to life, are we not allowed to control that life? Are we not allowed to control whether we choose to suffer or not? I want to say yes. I want to say yes extremely bad. However, I do not.
It is not that I do not think that people have rights to their own lives. Of course, they do. I just do not think that they have a right to have a doctor kill them. In no way am I saying that they have a right to kill themselves or that they should. I am not saying that at all. To give the right for doctors to kill Americans is a scary thought to me. I think of where this could lead to. Limits are created for a reason. This limit needs to continue. I feel that this can open the door to a ton of accidental or unnecessary deaths, give a patient an option to automatically give up (even with restrictions included – but especially without), and give doctors power that I am not comfortable with them having.
What are your thoughts on assisted suicide? Leave a comment down below!