Assisted Suicides Should Be Legalized Essay

834 Words Nov 14th, 2014 4 Pages
What would you do if you were found to have a terminal illness? Every year nearly one million people are diagnosed with an illness that will ultimately take their life. Countless of those people will have to endure frequent treatments, and that is if they are fortunate enough to have a potential cure available. On top of that, some of those individuals will not have family members to be their support and anchor. Should they be subject to the anguish that is bound to happen? Assisted suicides should be legalized because it is more humane than making one suffer from a terminal illness. The concerns we are presented with right now consist of assisted deaths being engaged too early, and others ending their lives in suffering resulting from a deprivation of options. “A properly considered law with safeguards would enable doctors, social workers, families and even the clergy better to support the patient, and ensure they have considered every alternative” (Purdy 34). Assuredly many can agree that options need to be provided for those that are given these tragic ailments. It does not go without saying that nobody needs to agree with their choice, but rather be compassionate and supportive to an already tough decision. Something needs to be done, and rather than ignoring the problem it needs to be addressed head on.
However, there are still opposing opinions. One of the biggest concerns is that assisted suicides will abuse those whom are vulnerable such as the poor,…

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