The Legal Issues with Suicide Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Legal Issues with Suicide
A discussion on physician-assisted suicide and whether voluntary suicide should be legal.
# 148690 | 899 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 29, 2011 in Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Medical and Health (General) , Law (General)

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The paper explores whether a qualified individual should be allowed to assist another's suicide. The paper discusses the right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution and in the Declaration of Independence. The paper considers how opponents argue that this will be a slippery slope to allowing rampant assisted suicide, but argues that there could be limits imposed on physicians. The paper further asserts that physician-assisted suicide encourages patients to speak freely about end-of-life issues with their doctors, rather than to perhaps fail in a suicide attempt on their own that merely worsens their illness. The paper then addresses a different legal question of whether physically healthy people should be allowed to take their own lives, such as people who are depressed. The paper contends that while failed suicides need to receive some counseling, to subject them to the legal process is needlessly stressful and diverts resources that could be used to get them help.

From the Paper:

"The right to privacy is implied in the US Constitution in many instances, most notably in the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of belief. The Constitution also upholds the freedom to be safe in one's home, protected from government impositions upon one's personal property in the Third Amendment and from unreasonable searches and seizures in the Fourth Amendment. Given that many people believe that they have the right to decide when their life is a life of quality, and is 'worth living,' and when it is not worth living the First Amendment supports the practice of physician-assisted suicide and protects citizens from unreasonable impositions upon their property and person in the Third and Fourth Amendments."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The U.S. Constitution. Cornell Law School. May 11, 2009.

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