Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Ever Ethical?

Physician-assisted suicide is the only way for some people to escape horrid suffering and unbearable living conditions. How can it not be ethical when every person has the right to choose whether he or she wants to continue living?

One should never forget that physician-assisted suicide is still a suicide. The circumstances that make a person resort to this drastic measure make it impossible for him or her to commit this act without outside aid. Living in constant pain with the prospect of even more painful death looming over you and not a single ray of hope can make any person despair and decide to terminate his or her life. This is your right as a free person, and therefore this act should not be judged. However, when the patient is incapable of committing the act due to a disability caused by the condition, he or she should be granted the assistance to fulfill this vital right, just like every other person.

The vast majority of religions abhor the act of suicide, as according to their beliefs, God is the one who gives life and it is only He who should take it away. Therefore, by committing suicide, people defy God. Despite these beliefs being well-founded and accepted within the religious community, one should not forget that ours is a free country. This means that no single religious group, regardless of how numerous or devoted its members are, does not have the authority to push its ideals onto people who choose not to share those beliefs out of their own free will.

The most important argument against euthanasia is the fact that some people may try to abuse the power granted by it. Family members may influence sick people, however subtly, to take this step. Physicians themselves may use their positions to force their will onto patients for some personal gain. This problem can be solved by developing a thorough control procedure that will ensure that every person who resorts to taking this step is indeed doing this out of his or her free will.

Those who fight against physician-assisted suicide have no solid arguments to support their views. Considering how much money is invested in the care of terminally ill patients to prolong their lives for a few days, it is only reasonable to support the initiative that will give people the ability to escape the suffering they are subjected to. The funds that can be salvaged from the reduced care of a terminally ill patient who chooses to commit suicide can be redirected to prenatal care.