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Should Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
Denise Smith
03/16/2015
HUM/115
Marguerite Dominguez

Should Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

As I type this opening paragraph for my essay, I should precursor this by saying that I 'm beginning this piece as a non-advocate for assisted suicide. It 's not just about my religious views, but also for the fact that I believe that with modern medical miracles, anything can happen. If you tap out of the fight too early, you may never know what could have happened. I understand that the situation can feel hopeless, and one can be in so much pain that one may feel like they can 't take anymore, but I 've witnessed first-hand desperate situations turn into miracles. My father was diagnosed in 2009 with Stage 3 Esophageal cancer. The chances of him living, especially at 65 years old, were thirty-three percent, at best. Today, he is one hundred percent in remission and living his life as a healthy senior man. That example alone is my reason for not believing in assisted suicide. A publication in the Evening Chronicle states that assisted suicide may be a dangerous law to pass. If legalized, it could set a precedent for those that are disabled or terminally ill to take their lives as to not be a burden to their family or friends (Anonymous, 2010). The author also goes on to discuss how legalizing assisted suicide could, "create pressure, particularly on those who are newly disabled, to end their lives. We should be fighting for proper health and social care support so that we can live with dignity." (Anonymous, 2010). Joe Cartwright from the Dignity in Dying campaign stakes his claim in this battle arguing , "It is about replacing a bad death with a good death." (Cartwright, J. 2010). Mr. Cartwright also goes on to make his point touching on the fact that some just can 't afford the proper health care and couldn 't bear the thought of leaving their families and loved ones with so much medical debt. There is another



Citations: Cartwright, Joe. (2010, Sep 03). Evening Chronicle, Interviewee. NPR. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2014/11/20/365509889/debate-should-physician-assisted-suicide-be-legal Should assisted suicide be legal? (2010, Sep 03). Evening Chronicle Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/749388857?accountid=458

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