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.