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