The entirety of the problem of euthanasia and physician assisted suicides is not so much that unhappy people are dying, but that no effort or attempt is made to make them better. In every case, the request for assisted suicide stemmed from depression, anguish, desperation, or fear of abandonment. In other words, terminally ill patients sought euthanasia or assisted suicide for the same reasons that healthy people do. In the same case of healthy people, their suffering could be palliated, and their longing for death quelled, by proper use of medicine, lovingkindness, and what some have called the ministry of presence. The answer to anguish and desperation is not to coldly dispatch the anguished and desperate, but rather to enfold them within the bonds of a community that sees in them intrinsic, rather than merely utilitarian value (Assisted 5).
Take for example, Janet Adkins. Janet was 54 when Dr. Kevorkian assisted her suicide. At the time of her death, she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and was not terminally ill. Her own doctor said she had ten years of productive life ahead of her. She never met or spoke with Kevorkian until two days before her death (Death 3). Elaine Goldbaum had financial problems and feared losing her house. Jonathan Grenz was said to be depressed and overwhelmed with grief following his mother's death. Ali Khalili had told his doctor that "the quality of his life had been compromised by an anxiety state." Kevorkian assisted them all to die (Death 4). These people represent the extent of discrimination that exists in our society. With appropriate treatment and services, many of them would be alive and well today.
My proposal to end this treatment of terminating lives is to outlaw it, and not just in the United States, but everywhere. I believe people have the right to do as they please, but suicide is an action that should be prevented in every way possible, not assisted for success. As far as I am aware, all countries outlaw the sale and use of heroin. There is no right to sell heroin. There is no right to take heroin. These are just a couple of things for which no legal right exists. To people who say that physician-assisted suicide is a "right", as if that should be the end of all discussion and debate, I say there are many things that are not rights. Many of these are ones that would hurt the individual for whom you claim these "rights". Yes, there are cases where society must protect people from themselves, whether from addiction to harmful drugs, compulsive gambling, or from a depression or other mental ailment that dictates that they destroy their own lives. Assisted suicides and euthanasia are two rights that people should not have, and I believe the right shouldn't even be considered. If the idea of assisted suicides was abolished, and the chance to have it...