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.

 

Do we declare ourselves defeated or do we stand up and walk toward obstacles? Physician-assisted suicide is against the laws of nature and goes against the characteristics of perseverance and endurance. Suffering is a part of the human experience and never in civilization before us were people officially allowed to end their lives because of it. Our ancestors worked hard to improve things. A perfect example is anesthesia. Before it was invented, people had to do surgery and endure great pain. Nonetheless, people didn’t kill themselves because of that. Instead, they worked hard until they came up with a revolutionary new idea that would go on and help future generations. People should learn from their ancestors and fight to protect life -- despite its bitter side.
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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.

 

Physician-assisted suicide is a good thing for the terminally ill because they won’t have to suffer through all the pain -- and their families won’t have to see them suffer. Some people are against physician-assisted suicide because their religion says that it is not OK to destroy your own life. But we have the right to control our own lives. We can make decisions for our benefit and for the benefit of the people around us. It is very hard to watch family members who are dying. We should let them rest in peace.
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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.

 

Physician-assisted suicide is something that is not wrong and not right. Everyone has a different point of view about it. I think it is unethical because not everybody dies on the specific day the prognosis says. There is no man capable of predicting death. Only God can do that. If we don’t stop practicing physician-assisted suicide, our society in 30 years will be an empty space because terminal diseases are spreading by the day. Any seconds spent on earth alive can be productive and should never be regretted.
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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.

 

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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