After Jack Kevorkian's death, the topic of assisted suicide has entered the public debate again. While a number of pro-life religious groups have included bans on assisted suicide as part of their anti-abortion campaigns, the issue generally has not had a lot of media attention. This past week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement opposing assisted suicide.
Contrary to the statements of the Catholic church and other religious groups, advocates of assisted suicide maintain that a patient should have a right to seek help in terminating his or her life, particularly in situations of a terminal illness with unbearable pain. This allows a patient to die with dignity, they say, without relying on expensive life support systems and medical care.
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Should people have the legal right to assisted suicide?
- Yes and No: If the law is clear it is an individual's choice, made in writing as an adult with a sound mind, then it is fine. But the law shouldn't allow for arbitrary decisions by others. (57%, 8 Votes)
- Yes. (36%, 5 Votes)
- No. (7%, 1 Votes)
- Unsure. (0%, 0 Votes)
- Other (Please comment below). (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 14