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The Crime of Assisted Suicide


Terminally ill patients with incurable sicknesses often feel the need to prematurely end their lives through assisted suicide. Also called voluntary euthanasia, assisted suicide has escalated into a heavily debated social issue regarding its ethical, moral, and political justifications. Currently, the topic of assisted suicide is under legislative review; it is currently considered a crime and, by all means, should remain that way.

An awareness that medical treatment is optional and may be accepted or refused can help to lessen the sense of hopelessness and dependency that hospitalized patients experience. An array of political insurance, such as attorneys, living wills, and assisted living, provides a method in which ill patients may exercise their right to refuse lethal medical treatment in the event that they become incompetent to verbally protest.

Legalizing assisted suicide disturbs the value of human life by subjecting it to unnatural means of harm, and it furthermore results in a loss of protection through doctors writing prescriptions for terminally ill patients against their will. By implementing professional therapeutic programs in hospitals, thousands of licensed psychiatrists and therapists would be blessed with a job. Our society needs to spread awareness in order to inhibit this moral issue from proliferating and gaining popularity.

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