The Argumentative Essay: The Option Of Assisted Suicide

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Many believe that a person has the right to do what they wish with their bodies and what it can endure. But in some cases, a patient can encounter a situation that they have to recognize that their body does not have the capacity to function the way it should. This is where the option of assisted suicide comes to play, the patient must decide whether they would want to end their treatment knowing that it will only delay the inevitable. In Canada, a patient does have the option of assisted suicide with a few conditions. One is that “they are at least 18 years of age and capable of making decisions with respect to their health” (Criminal Code, 1895). This age restriction to some patients could appear more painful than their actual illness. This is regarding the patients who are children that will experience similar circumstances with those who are older. The only difference is they must endure all that pain, suffering, and feeling of uselessness until they are even fortunate enough to…show more content…
If one can feel compassion towards an animal experiencing pain and put it down, therefore, they do not have to suffer, it should also be the same for those who experience it in our own species. Children do not have the same amount of strength and pain tolerance as adults, which could mean that the paint hey experience through their illness and the treatments they undergo can possibly be twice as painful. In this study about euthanasia with adults who are terminally or are near death states “Some had multiple reasons, including pain and anticipated pain, fear of indignity, loss of control and cognitive impairment. Those who did not want to be a burden also had other reasons for wanting euthanasia” (Chapple, Ziebland, Mcpherson, & Herxheimer, 2006) and those interviewed had all the same experiences, therefore who is to say that children do not feel the same
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