- Renzo Bruni
- Albany, NY
- United States
What stands in the way of allowing assisted suicide in first world countries?
The Netherlands and three states in the US (Oregon, Montana and Washington) have decriminalized assisted suicide, and this was done with co-operation of their local medical (professional) communities. China, in fact, announced a plan to prosecute monks who allowed a fellow monk to immolate himself in protest. Why is this so confusing: does not the right to life imply a right to self termination?
Why is this considered ethically wrong in secular Western democracies? Is it because of political expediency? Are the populations afraid to allow it? Is it morality or fear that maintains the prohibition?
I am definitively NOT addressing the (many) cases of teens, depressed and deranged persons whose impulse to suicide can be made better by therapy or medications. I too deplore these needless deaths and all the suffering that leads up to it.