Fandango asks, “Do you believe that terminally ill people should be allowed or encouraged to end their lives via physician-assisted suicide? If so, under any circumstances or should there be restrictions? If not, why not?”
I don’t have a problem if somebody wants to end their life if they are suffering. I don’t understand why other people feel it is their duty to keep everyone alive and they enact laws against people killing themselves and those who would assist them in finding peace. I know that it is wrong when teenagers get confused and they want to end their lives by suicide, but this is not somebody that is terminally ill, they just have emotional problem, which most likely can be fixed with therapy. The only person that should have any type of decision in this matter, is the person that is enduring the excruciating agony.
This should be encouraged, but if the person is determined to be mentally competent, and this is their desire, I think it would be wrong to force them to have to endure a life that is filled with pain. There has to be more out of life, than being stuck on a ventilator and being fed through a tube and once all the joy of living is gone, I don’t see any purpose of sticking around, especially since there is no hope of them ever being cured and they are eventually going to die anyway. People should have the right to die in my opinion and they should be entitled to end their life or undergo voluntary euthanasia, but only if this person has a terminal illness, is undergoing incurable pain, has lost their will to continue living. I think it is nobody’s business if somebody who is mentally competent desires to end their own life, use assisted suicide, or to decline life-prolonging treatment. After a certain amount of time has expired, it should be time to pull the plug.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #11 revisited.