PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE: Mercy or mayhem? (Series)

Physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients is legal in four states -- Vermont, Montana, Oregon, and Washington -- as well as in one county in New Mexico. On the following pages, students debate the pros and cons of this life-altering practice.

 

Inevitable torment: when the last days are knocking on your door. Suffering is human nature. However, for terminally ill people, is it fair for them to deal with horrific pain because suffering is human nature? Do they deserve such a plight in the last few days of their lives? Physician-assisted suicide is a very important option for these patients. Many people think that there is no difference between a normal suicide and a physician-assisted suicide. But they are apart from each other. A person commits suicide under the pressure of depression; in physician-assisted suicide, there is no other option left except death. They will die no matter what, so they choose to die peacefully. Our journey through life is similar to a war. We fight battles all the time to prove ourselves. For terminally ill patients, their sicknesses will kill them no matter how hard they fight. Some might argue that people who choose physician-assisted suicide are losers. But that’s not true. A person needs to be brave to make such a decision, knowing there is no coming back. So let’s stop judging them and let them do what they
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PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE: Mercy or mayhem? (Series)

Physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients is legal in four states -- Vermont, Montana, Oregon, and Washington -- as well as in one county in New Mexico. On the following pages, students debate the pros and cons of this life-altering practice.

 

Just imagine how much pain it would require for someone to want to die. We should be looking forward to living longer not counting the days until our death. Yet physician-assisted suicide goes against many people’s moral and religious beliefs. But it is really a way of showing the world that you want to bid farewell with the joyous moments you had before your illness turns you bitter and resentful. There’s no point of living a life where all you get in return is agony. You shouldn’t have to be forced to live; you should want to do it effortlessly. Life is meant to be a journey. We’re supposed to gain experience from our regular crises. But if it becomes too severe and unbearable, a human being should have the option of ending his or her life through physician-assisted suicide. What would you do if you had to live a life that you didn’t choose but it chose you? People who use physician-assisted suicide are not quitters -- their life gave up on them.
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PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE: Mercy or mayhem? (Series)

Physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients is legal in four states -- Vermont, Montana, Oregon, and Washington -- as well as in one county in New Mexico. On the following pages, students debate the pros and cons of this life-altering practice.

 

People have given it a fancy name -- physician-assisted suicide -- but it is really almost the same as regular suicide. Physician-assisted suicide is a mission to kill yourself with the help of a doctor. You make that person your God because only God can give you permission to die. Pain is part of life and you have to face it. God gives us a test -- like cancer -- and you have to work hard to pass it. You can kill yourself but it will only prove what a coward you are.
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PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE: Mercy or mayhem? (Series)

Physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients is legal in four states -- Vermont, Montana, Oregon, and Washington -- as well as in one county in New Mexico. On the following pages, students debate the pros and cons of this life-altering practice.

 

The process of physician-assisted suicide stands against some aspects of our being, such as the right to see if you could live longer and the idea in religion that it is a sin to end your own life. Life isn’t some defective thing that we should throw in the trash because we’re dying. Life is a gift from God and we shouldn’t waste it like this. Why should people be so desperate to die when they find they only have a few more months? They already know that they are going to die naturally, so why don’t they just live those final moments with their loved ones? Besides, sometimes a doctor’s prognosis is wrong and people can last for even years longer than predicted. Instead of approving of physician-assisted suicide, officials should develop better health care and more medications for the sick so they won’t feel like their lives are finished.
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PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE: Mercy or mayhem? (Series)

Physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients is legal in four states -- Vermont, Montana, Oregon, and Washington -- as well as in one county in New Mexico. On the following pages, students debate the pros and cons of this life-altering practice.

 

Are doctors supposed to find a cure to treat you or poison you? Physician-assisted suicide is unethical because it will make people think about ending their lives rather than trying to find a solution. It is irresponsible because it will open doors for more people to do it. What about families -- how will they feel knowing that you were the one who did not want to live among them anymore? That you did not want to enjoy the last days of your life by their side. It is better to believe in God’s power and let destiny decide your fate. You weren’t the one who generated your life so why should you be the one to put a deadline on it. We live in an era where technology is increasing and there are a lot of possibilities that someone will find a cure. Should you put your life in someone else’s hands and give up rather than take one more chance and fight? Remember: Our future depends on how we act in the present.
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