Assisted suicide

Essay by Anonymous UserHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 1996

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Imagine youu have just found out you are going to die within three months.

Recently the questions have been changed form, 'What am I going to do with the rest

of my life?' to 'When should I kill myself'? With painful and crippling diseases such as

AIDS and cancer, and Alzheimers along with doctors such as Dr. Kavorkian, some

people are choosing death over life. Doctor assisted suicide has been a very

controversial subject in the past few years. Some states such as Oregon have passed

laws which allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients who have less then six

months to live.(Henin 1) Other state have taken the opposite side. I believe that if

you are able to reason and think rationally you should decide whether to live or dir. If

not the people who know you best should make the decision.

If you are ever in a situation where you now you wil soon die the choice

whether or not to kill youself should be your own.

I believe that doctorassisted suicide should

not be controlled by the government, but should be apersonal choice

based on the individual. Many people could not imagine living in a hospital bed for

the remainder of their lives. They would rather die with dignity than live out the rest of

their lives depandant on others. The government thinks that they know what is best for the people.

If everyone is an individuall, how can the government know what is best for

everyone. I feel that people shold make up thir own minds about what is best for

them. Joshua Haney worote an article on assisted suicide. He says, 'Everyday we make choices that decide

our fate and future. We choose where we work, what we eat and drink, etc. This is...