September 23, 2013
In the 1990s, ‘Doctor Death’ Jack Kevorkian invented the first assisted suicide machine
in the world. He was then thrown into prison for 7 years (Pickert). This caught people’s attention
and made them question whether it should be legal to request physician assisted suicide, which is
when someone asks a physician to help him or her terminate his or her life. This topic became
one of the most popular discussions in recent years, but the truth is that it has actually been a
centuries- old debate. For both logical and humanitarian reasons, assisted suicide is not right and
should not be legalize.
Is it right for a nation founded on Christianity to allow citizens to choose assisted
suicide? Can a decision that is made by a mentally ill person be treated as a rational decision? Is
the prevention of pain an acceptable circumstance in which to end a life? People still do not have
a widely accepted answer. It is not clear whether physician assisted suicide is right or wrong.
Assisted suicide should not be viewed solely as affecting one life, but should be viewed as a
decision that affects many.
The declaration of independence states that everyone has the right to pursue happiness
In whatever way they choose. Many argue that a decision to kill oneself is a private choice, that
society should not be, and has no right to be concerned. America believes that with its freedom,
people can do almost everything based on their own choices. Physician assisted suicide is also
one of the choices that they can decide. The common argument is that these people are adults
who can make rational and reasonable choices, however many people who request physician
assisted suicide are mentally ill. Of those who attempt suicide but were unsuccessful, less than 4
percent go on to kill themselves in the future, which means that most people changed their mind
after a period of recovery. Psychological evidence shows that those who ask for physician
assisted suicide in order to avoid pain are normally ambivalent, and they usually attempt to end
their life for other reasons than a settled desire to die. Since assisted suicide has already become
a popular way to end suffering and pain, people who were in the status might feel it is necessary
for them to kill themselves since they have in their mind become a burden to their family and
society. Some would say it is wrong for such an impression to have the power to persuade a
personto end their life due to their weakness and disability.
As a Christian nation, America wants a positive and happy image for the country.
American people value the meaning of life, and According to what most of the Christians
believe, God is the one who created life. Then how can people have the right to end something
that they did not even create in the first place? American society does not think assisted suicide
is good as a whole, because assisted suicide is still a self-caused death, which is equal to suicide.
Although there is always a vague line drawn between assisted suicide and attempted
murder. Assisted suicide is the opposite of happiness because it demonstrates utter depression. It
is clear that American society sees assisted suicide as wrong, because there is a suicide watch
team among the police and counselors at schools who are trained to help and avert suicide.
Asking for assisted suicide as a form of pain relief and signing a release form is not acceptable
either. People cannot solve problems by trying to get rid of them. People who stand against
physician-assisted suicide believe that suffering is just a stage of life. And lots of people who
were prevented from assisted suicide will tell you that they all passed that stage successfully,
and they are appreciative that they were stopped from...