Assisted Suicide-Opinion Paper

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Assisted Suicide In this paper the writer will discuss what rights a person should have over their body. If they are terminally ill and choose to end their life and require help of someone they should be able to so; it is their choice. How does assisted suicide and euthanasia differ? One may say there is no difference. Per the Merriam-Webster online dictionary assisted suicide is defined as, “suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person.” Euthanasia is defined as, “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy” (Merriam-Webster online dictionary, 2009). The writer feels there is a big difference. If one is in so much pain they know they only have a short time left on this earth, they should have the choice to choose one of these options. It is their body, if someone tells them they cannot choose does that mean they have lost the rights to their own body? There are people out there that are of sound mind, but having a failing body, that is no way to live. Many people say it is wrong and only God should decide when people live or die. The courts decide often if people should live or die, that is what the death penalty is there for. Are these same people going to say that it is wrong to kill a convict or are they going to say that is justice? Until these people have sat on the edge of a bed holding a hurting, dying loved ones hand they really have no idea that they are hurting them more than helping. Life should be treasured to the extreme, every day is a blessing. There are so many out there that want to live and fight to live, but cannot and do not succeed no matter how hard they try. Suicide should never be the first option; it is not the way to go. There is help out there one can get. It…...

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