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Legalize Assisted Suicide

June 28, 2022
By connielee10809 BRONZE, Fullerton, California
connielee10809 BRONZE, Fullerton, California
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Though everyone has the right to die, the debate formed around this is an ethical issue. Death is something that everybody must partake in; however, certain methods aren’t available to everybody. Euthanasia, commonly known as assisted suicide, is the practice of consciously ending one’s life to relieve pain from an incurable disease. This is illegal in the United States except for Oregon, Washington D.C, Hawaii, Washington, Maine, Colorado, New Jersey, California, and Vermont. Euthanasia should be virtuous for everybody, as it’s a better alternative to being in pain until death. 

Marya Mannes, a former critic, states, “Euthanasia is simply to be able to die with dignity at a moment when life is devoid of it.” Typically, assisted suicide is provided for those with terminal diseases. If euthanasia is available to those who have terminal diseases, why is it illegal in most states? Since it’s illegal, it makes the topic a controversial and ethical issue. There are no concerns or downsides to euthanasia, besides someone attempting to fake having a terminal disease. There is a large percentage of people with incurable diseases. However, it would be near impossible even if someone tried to fabricate having a terminal disease. It would be easier to commit suicide traditionally.

Catholic bioethicist John Kleinman contends persuasively, however, that when the sick, dying, disabled and elderly are undervalued, as now, the "right" to die will all too quickly become a "duty" to die. Though this may be a societal issue, it’s an incessant one. This mentality and ideology of shunning assisted suicide are rooted in religion. Traditionally, Christians follow the belief that God gives life and that it’s wrongful to throw away the life he has given. No access to euthanasia will not fix the ideology but aggravate the situation. Nevertheless, those who have terminal diseases should be entitled to assisted suicide, as their disease will not be guaranteed a cure. 

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on Sep. 13 2022 at 6:38 pm
WolfGurl PLATINUM, Not A Real Place, Indiana
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I agree with @ConnorKu , but good job.

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on Jul. 5 2022 at 5:21 pm
reeuh BRONZE, Fullerton, California
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I love your article and I agree that euthanasia should be legalized in more states. Keep up the good work!

on Jul. 5 2022 at 5:19 pm
ConnorKu SILVER, Yorba Linda, California
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I think some data would compliment this piece but other than that, nice article!

on Jul. 5 2022 at 5:15 pm
IreneKim SILVER, Fullerton, California
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This was a really refreshing opinion and I enjoyed reading about your reasonings.