A Proposal To Outlaw Euthanasia And Assisted Suici

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A Proposal To Outlaw Euthanasia And Assisted Suicides






The people of the world today are constantly slammed with problems. There's overpopulated
countries, starving children, incurable diseases, and poverty. There're drunk drivers on
the road, burglars in our homes, and teenagers on the streets. No matter how many positive
aspects you can think of for our world, these problems and many more exist. You can try to
block them out, or you can strive to make them better. My proposal is to end euthanasia
and physician assisted suicides. I believe that this treatment of life is wrong, and can
be solved in other ways. Victims of depression, dementia, terminal illnesses, and personal
reasons individuals find to die should not be relieved of their condition through
injection. The option should not even be available. The world today is attempting to help
suicidal people. There are thousands of hospitals and clinics across the world that employ
doctors and psychiatrists that specialize in improving the quality of others lives to
prevent suicide, and promote emotional stability. Now death is a reasonable and feasible
option.


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).


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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 performed was taken away, I believe people would learn to make
the best of what they


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posess, rather than to end their own life. Many people aren't strong enough to end their
own lives, yet with an IV, and a single button, it becomes an easy mistake.


Rather then assisted suicides and euthanasia, individuals considering the idea should have
available for them extensive treatment and programs to improve their feelings and end
their depression. Individuals diagnosed with terminal illnesses should be required to
immediately seek psychological help to prevent them from becoming depressed. Many people
may not seek this treatment due to the cost, which may worsen their condition of
depression. I believe some sort of insurance should be set up through hospitals to take
care of the costs. With this, individuals diagnosed with terminal illnesses and depression
won't see assisted suicides to be of cheaper value than treatment to rid them of their ill
feelings. I believe that everyone should be given an equal chance at life, and disabled
people are being given the option of suicide instead of improvement. Many doctors even
conclude that lives of people with severe disabilities are not worth saving, solely
because of their disabilities (Assisted 3).


Along with banning assisted suicides and euthanasia, a consequence should be made for
those physicians who still have access to the drugs such as morphine and opioids (Assisted
7). If the acts of suicide were banned, some physicians that believe strongly in the ideas
may still continue to help people die. Some may get caught, and some may not. I believe
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