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Before I begin, please know that this is a response to someone else and is my opinion. If you wanna, tell me what you think. Y’all haven’t gotten any controversial crap from me in awhile, huh?
If the person who requests to be administered a lethal medicine is 18 or older, of sound mind and under no one’s influence but their own and they have only 12 months to live, then that person should be allowed the option of so called mercy killing.
However, there are other things to consider. Like, age, experiences past, and ensuring the person in question understands the implications completely before signing their life away.
Age- Should someone who’s lived so little be allowed the choice? Should it be reserved for those over a certain age of adulthood? Should it be that no one under a certain age be allowed the option. If, knowing that the person is legally an adult, should age other than that matter? I don’t think it should, only because who’s to say but yourself how much pain you’re in?
Past- This falls under being of sound mind. Your past, though taken into consideration, should not be a deciding factor.
Influence- The person would need to be sure that they are under no obligation to or to not make the decision. They should not consider being a burden or the bills they cause but their own thoughts and feelings.
Implications- If the person knows and understands the social implications of their choice and knows that there’s help, who are you to take away their rights to life and, consequentially, death?
It is no one’s choice but your own to make this decision. If it is conflicts with your morals or beliefs, don’t choose it. Who are we to condemn others for freeing themselves from a life of being barely alive and in pain? It is not a political issue. It is a very personal and very important decision for the person choosing it and their family, no one else’s. If you respect life and wish for others to, respect your life and the lives of those around you. Do not think that assisted suicide of another person is any of your business unless it is someone you love. Should that be the case, is it not your duty to be there for the person, reassuring them of your love and support, no matter the outcome? Would you- no, we - really wish a life of suffering and agony upon anyone, no matter how hated they may be?