Legalise assisted suicide.

Attitudes to suicide vary around the world; in some cultures, it is seen as an honourable way to bow out after defeat, while Christianity regards suicide as an offence to god. Whatever the position taken by the law, a suicide victim is difficult to punish. Assisted suicide involves a second person, who acts in accordance with the wishes of a person incapable of ending their life to help them do so, which is currently illegal in most countries. Should it be Legal?


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Legalise assisted suicide.

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Instead of focusing the time and energy on how to end their lives, the patients should try and find alternative ways to improve their condition by palliative care. There are several means to alleviate the suffering by medication, medication that does not necessarily lead to death. It is always wrong to give up on life. The future which lies ahead for the terminally ill is, of course, terrifying, but society’s role is to help them live their lives as well as they can. This can take place through counselling, helping patients to come to terms with their condition. The focus should, therefore, not be on legalizing assisted suicide, but improving access to hospice. There are over 4,500 hospice agencies in the United States, but because of funding restrictions and the rigidity of requiring patients to have a life expectancy of six months or less, millions of people don’t have access to them.
When one chooses to die, there is no coming back, no second chances. So, there are chances that new treatments or surgeries are discovered that the dead people cannot benefit from.
The suicide is assisted by a doctor, which is a person who took the oath not to intentionally harm anyone. The fact that the doctor is put in the position of deciding who is going to live and who is going to die (because even where the assisted suicide is legalized, there are several conditions to be fulfilled) is placing him in the shoes of God and this is not what he subscribed for when deciding to become a doctor, it is contrary to his beliefs.
If assisted suicide were to be legalized, there would be little until the euthanasia, which is an involuntarily suicide, would become legal. These two types of suicide are deemed to cheapen human life and there is no way that the law should admit it.
If the patient wants by all means to die, there is no need to involve a doctor in this action, there are legal and morally ethical alternatives to assisted death. Patients may refuse further medical treatments that may prolong their death, including medications. Patients can, and often do, decide to stop eating and drinking to hasten their death. Death will usually occur within one to three weeks afterwards and it is usually reported as a "good death." So, there are other intermediate solutions that allows the patient to decide when to die, but without involving a doctor to take his life.
All these arguments were probably taken into account when almost all the countries around the world have decided to overrule the assisted suicide.

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