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Monday, October 5, 2015

Morality of Assisted Suicide

Today, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed Senate Bill 128 or the "End of Life Option Act" which allows certain terminally ill patients to have a doctor prescribe them a lethal dose of medication. Currently, capital punishment is being debated as whether or not it is moral, and this is for prisoners who have committed capital acts; yet, some states are passing bills to allow people to end their own lives with the aid of others. So, how can our country be so divided? The part that is in favor of capital punishment generally seems to be against these assisted suicide bills and vise-versa.

Both sides of this argument that claim that they are morally sound. One claims that assisted suicide is justifiable because they make their own decision to end their lives, and that this is not necessarily the case with punishment. The opposition to assisted suicide makes the point that not all diagnostics are correct and could be wrong, other opposition claims that doctors should not have the power to end a patients life as is directly violates the Hippocratic Oath, specifically the clause which states (specifically the clause which states "First do no harm") which almost all doctors must take. But the pro-assisted suicide do bring up a good point, is not not less moral to let a person suffer until their death then to allow a quick, painless one?