Right to Die Misconceptions

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No Evidence of Vulnerable Groups’ Higher Risk Due To Right-To-Die Laws Robert Bonnett
Waldorf College

Abstract
There has been a huge debate over the last several years on whether or not assisted suicide or euthanasia should be made legal. Many proponents believe that each individual should have the right to die, if that is what they desire, and no law should be made to stop them from doing so. Opponents stand on morality as their basis in not allowing such laws and most believe that if legalized, vulnerable groups like the homeless or mentally disabled, will be put at more of a risk. However, research pointed out by Michael Smith, shows no evidence to support such claims.

No Evidence of Vulnerable Groups’ Higher Risk Due To Right-To-Die Laws There has been a huge debate over the last several years on whether or not assisted suicide or euthanasia should be made legal. Many proponents believe that each individual should have the right to die, if that is what they desire, and no law should be made to stop them from doing so. Opponents stand on morality as their basis in not allowing such laws and most believe that if legalized, vulnerable groups like the homeless or mentally disabled, will be put at more of a risk. Michael Smith, correspondent for MedPage Today, an online news source that covers the medical field, points out that no evidence exists in that particular claim.

Right-to-die laws that proponents are trying to push through legislatures throughout the country rely mainly on the secular view of individuals having the right to do whatever they wish with their own bodies. Whether it is to abort a fetus, or to die on their own terms, these proponents believe that no law should ever be enacted taking away any right having to do with their own body. They go so far as to say that assisted suicide would be beneficial to the overall economy due to the immense medical costs in the attempts to keep people alive. They believe that insurance rates...
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