Incurably ill patients should be able to commit physician-assisted suicide because tremendous amounts of financial and mental strife can be avoided at the end of a patients’ life.
The right to die should be a fundamental freedom for every person, and patients can die with dignity as opposed to being reduced to a shell of their former selves.
Justification of assisted suicide can be attributed to several factors.
In many instances, assisted suicide is done for medically incapacitated patients whose chances of survival are almost zero.
From this point of view, religion strongly opposes any form of life taking for whatever reasons.
At some point, the argument proposed by such doctrines greatly influences the decision that has to be made in case of assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Nowhere in the constitution does it state or imply that the government has the right to keep a person from committing suicide.
After all, if the patient and the family agree it’s what they want to do, whose business is it anyway? In a country that’s supposedly free, this is a fundamental right.
However, one of the most popular “Right to Suicide” cases is that of Estelle Browning, an 89 year old woman who had lost all consciousness and was being sustained with a feeding tube.
In Browning’s living will, she plainly stated that she did not want to be kept alive by artificial means, but in order to prevent homicide charges, the hospital sustained life support against Browning’s wishes (“Right to Suicide”). Wade Must Be Upheld.” Should Abortion Rights Be Restricted?