Assisted Suicide Should Not be Legalized

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Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legalized Throughout the course of history, death and suffering have been a prominent topic of discussion among people everywhere. Scientists are constantly looking for ways to alleviate and/or cure the pain that comes with the process of dying. Treatments typically focus on pain management and quality of life, and include medication and various types of therapy. When traditional treatments are not able to eliminate pain and suffering or the promise of healing, patients will often consider euthanasia or assisted suicide. Assisted suicide occurs when a person is terminally ill and believes that their life is not worth living anymore. As a result of these thoughts and feelings, a physician or other person is…show more content…
The legalization of assisted suicide makes important people feel unimportant when in fact, any individual human life is intrinsically good, holy, created by God and of immeasurable value, and it is to be revered absolutely. Much of the darkness that covers this world is rooted in our refusal to love individual human life absolutely and for its own sake (Macmanaman 22). The fact that a law of this nature would decrease the value of a human life is not the only reason assisted suicide is morally wrong. Assisted suicide should not be legalized because it is murder. Though many people would argue otherwise, intended death, no matter what the circumstance, is murder. To commit assisted suicide is to deliberately end someone’s life. In any situation, if you intentionally kill someone, it is considered to be murder. Whether or not the person wanted to die has nothing to do it. It is wrong to directly intend the death of an innocent human being, including oneself. If it is wrong to kill directly, it is wrong to assist in direct killing, even in the voluntary suicide of a terminally ill patient (Dougerty 65). Therefore, even if a dying patient asks a physician to help them prematurely end their life, if the doctor helps them in any way, they are contributing to the “murder” of the person. As medical doctor David C. Stolinsky states, “Since ancient times, society has assigned the task of saving life to physicians. If killing people was required, that
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