Essay about Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal

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Assisted Suicide has been a controversial issue for some time now. It is also confused with the term euthanasia; however the two do not mean the same thing. Euthanasia is the killing of another to relieve their pain; whereas assisted suicide is the practice where an individual assist the person committing suicide. The practice of both of these issues reliefs the person that is in pain. Assisted suicide has positive and negative issues. There is a debate on whether it should be legal or not. Some of the positive issues on assisted suicide are it reliefs a person from the pain they are in. The person has the right to choose how they want to die because that falls under the equal protections clause. Oncology patients don’t necessary …show more content…
She faces a death that she believes will entail indignity and suffering and physically cannot kill herself. The court has denied her request that her husband be allowed to help her. This decision may be consistent with legal precedent but is morally wrong.
Motor neurone disease is a group of neurological disorders that affect motor neurons and these are cells that control the muscles that allow you to speak, walk, and swallow and other body movement. The lady Diane suffered from a disease and was not allowed to do what she wanted to end her pain. If assisted suicide was legal this would have not have been a problem and she would have been able to have her husband end the pain she was in. Making assisted suicide legal would have benefited the person in this case.
Another reason why it is argued that assisted suicide should be legal is because of the equal protections clause. This comes from the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Originally this clause was put there for the freedom of African Americans. As time went by however the people began to think that other government laws were part of segregation and were vulnerable to constitutional attack. It can be argued that in the case of the lady Diane that her equal protection was violated. It was violated because she had the right to choose how she wanted to die. She was a lady in pain, and did not have equal protection when it came to the way she wanted to end her life.

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