Rivera Conner felt that life was always supposed to be lived. For more than 20 years, she had spent her time living for the family, nurturing her kids, dealing with her husband and supporting him at every step. She worked in a radiology laboratory. But now, all she wanted was to die. Diagnosed with metastasis two years ago, she had lost a large part of her intestine, her breasts had been removed, and two of her fingers were snapped. She could hardly drink or eat and was in excruciating pain all through. The doctors gave her barely six months to live. But with her deteriorating condition, all she wanted was to be laid at rest. The pain never relented; her teeth were always clenched because of the hurt. She couldn’t move, only pleaded for mercy, which went unanswered. Her husband, who constantly saw her repeated cries and the debilitating condition, couldn’t ignore and finally laid her rest after giving her poison to consume.
It is true that science and medicinal advances have dramatically altered over lives, increasing life span and giving cure for conditions that were once considered malign. But still, there are several conditions, several diseases that cannot be cured. At the same time, they inflict so much pain that the person that once lived freely is no more the same, but rather a being dying to die. A lot of patients suffering from terminally ill conditions feel that they should end their lives- as the pain for them is too difficult to endure. But when death in indispensable, then why aren’t they allowed to end at a time they want to?
The truth is that in such cases medicine tries to struggle to pull more life out of the person who is on the edge of death. But the supporters of assisted suicide have a question- Is this moral?
Prolonging death in these conditions certainly doesn’t seem like a moral solution, especially when the sufferer and his/her family have to endure so much of physical and emotional pain. The overbearing burdens and pains cannot be eliminated no matter how much the science tries. At the same time, patients who have degenerating conditions suffer too much and therefore, forcing them to live till each of their organs shut down seems inhumane and immoral.
This is why assisted suicide for terminal cases must be legalized. It would allow these people to freely choose what they want to do with their life. It should be an option for those who want to die but their physical condition renders them unable to do it in dignified ways.
The best is respect the dignity of these people. Afflicted with unimaginable levels of pain, all these people want is to end the excruciating hurt. But those who oppose the idea argue that it is in fact a violation of fundamental right. Plus, they believe that doctors or nurses would be forced to cooperate. Therefore, before legalizing, aspects have to be understood and doctors and nurses should be given a vote of choice.