To just terminate a life would devalue all the work that was done to make it. American is a free country and people will travel from all over the world to gain rights that each person has. The right to end your own life and the right to die should be a fundamental freedom that is given to each person. Some sick people want to end their own life, but physically can't do that. Legalizing physician assisted suicide would give those who physically can't do it the ability to pass on with no pain. Family members should also respect the decision of the person and let them do what they want with their
Kennedy, 3 own body " The person makes the decision as a free choice – that is, they are not pressured by others to choose suicide – and has engaged in a sound decision-making process" (Sullivan 33). The government should not be allowed to tell people it is wrong to end their own life. The government does have the right to prevent a person from committing suicide. Just like people have the right to vote, they all have the right to abstain, so if we have the right to life, do we also have the right to death? Would legalizing assisted suicide be like legalizing murder? The legalization of euthanasia would lead to countless deaths of those who are depressed and people who are unwillingly euthanized. "About 1 out of 10 end-of-life cancer deaths is hastened by GPs through euthanasia or physician assisted suicide" (Ruijs 393), this shows how general practitioners will easily give up and take advantage of the patients' depressed mood. People forced into unwilling euthanization is just like if someone was murdered both are against the will of the patient. If doctors could get away with doing this they may come up with the idea of euthanizing the person because they don't want to try to solve the problem anymore or take care of the person. Families may also be too willing to give up and the cost of medical bills may begin to become a factor. Medical costs can quickly cost from 50,000- 100,000 dollars and this amount of money is substantial in a time like this. Taking care of a sick loved one can be a full time commitment and money might start to get tight. If family members think that the person is going to die soon, why wait? Hospitals are full of sick people waiting to be treated and saved. Incurable patients are taking up rooms and doctors' attention. Patients who are suffering and can not be saved could be euthanized and their room and the doctors' attention could be used to focus on patients who need medical attention and will live on because of it. Doctors
Kennedy, 4 can only take care of a certain amount of patients, and not all of them can be saved all the time. Even the use of money could be a factor in euthanizing a patient, medical staff should be paid to work on patients that have a chance of living instead of those who are dying within a few months. There is already a shortage of medical staff let alone if the medical staff we do have is having to take care of a person who wants to die.
- Fall '07
- Ode, Jennifer Kennedy