The Dangers of Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

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Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s Summer Academy brings pro-life high school students together for workshops and seminars that equip them to become pro-life ambassadors in their schools and communities. Part of the experience is learning to get up in public and speak about life issues and so we’ll be bringing you some of the speeches that the 2017 participants gave this summer.

By Macayla Danier

People all around the world suffer from a life taking sickness, causing them to agree to physician-assisted suicide. The patient may or may not think it’s the best idea, but people need to understand that it is dangerous for the patient himself, as well as the physicians, families, and society.

Physician-Assisted Suicide is the beginning of a slippery slope to euthanasia. Assisted suicide is wrongly marketed to the public as a flawless, peaceful escape from suffering, but many people experience complications, such as gasping, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, panics, confusion, failure to cause death, and the list goes on. Many people who have tried this way of death have reported it as a failure. In Oregon, a 42-year-old man woke up three days after ingesting his lethal dose. In another case, after a man took the drugs intending to die, his physical symptoms were so disturbing that his wife called 911. He was taken from his home to the hospital where he was revived. 

Although it may seem that many physicians support euthanasia, many well-respected physicians are against it for many reasons. First of all, it won’t give the doctors the opportunity to find a cure. Secondly, the patient may be able to live a long happy life. Lastly, it removes the possibility of a breakthrough. 

The citizens that would be at most risk would include the disabled, poor, elderly, institutionalized individuals, those with mental illness, and minorities. With increasing financial pressure, these citizens will be more vulnerable. It is always cheaper to provide suicide medication than to provide actual health care. For the elderly, the “right to die” may become the “duty to die” and to not become a burden to the family. So please help spread the word to people who are stuck between having to decide whether or not they should undertake physician-assisted suicide. 

Macayla is 13 and lives in Avon.

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