Rohan Sinha

Mr. Howland
Assisted suicide debate opening statement
Find your best friend in the class. Look at them. Now imagine they walked up to you
after school and pulled you aside. They pull out a rope, and ask you to help them make a noose
so they can commit suicide. What would you do? This is what numerous doctors go through
every day. Assisted suicide should be illegal for many reasons.
Legalizing this practice would lead to numerous complications. For instance, legalizing
Physician assisted suicide would allow criminals to find loopholes and avoid punishment. A
murderer could say he was assisting in a suicide when in reality he was intentionally murdered
them. If the evidence is foggy in a case like this, the murderer could walk out of the court a free
man. One argument you could use is that physician assisted suicide alleviates suffering for the
victim. If a patient was in an unstable mental condition, and they asked the doctor to give the
lethal dose, should the doctor do as told, or ask more mentally stable family members what to do.
This situation can be flipped around too. What if a patient was mentally unstable and told the
doctor not to administer the lethal dose, but family members insist the doctor should, claiming
they have his best interests at heart? The family members d not always have their loved ones
best interests at heart.
Not only that, but by legalizing assisted suicide, you are encouraging suicide in general.
With all of the new advancements in the field of medicine, almost any type of pain can be
cured. A popular remedy for physical pain is morphine. Morphine is a very affective painkiller.
Many drugs like morphine ease the patient’s pain. Sometimes if a patient asks to die, it may
mean their doctor is doing a bad job.

However, some types of pain are un-curable. Committing suicide is not an option. Your
loved ones and you may think that by killing you, they have done some great deed. But in reality
you have marred their soul, and bloodied their hands with your death. Is that a burden you really
want to place on a friend, or doctor?

Closing statement
“I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my
judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” This is a
excerpt from the Hippocratic Oath, created by Hippocrates, the father of western medicine.
Almost every medical student in the country has to swear some form of the oath. By asking for a
deadly medicine, you are being selfish and putting the doctor in a difficult position. Is it right to
ask a doctor to undermine everything they have learned and disobey the most important oath
they have taken to please you?
In some rare cases, pain cannot be relieved. However, putting them out of their misery is
not what you should do. Mother Teresa didn’t go kill everyone she saw as suffering. She helped
them. She either solved their problem, or helped ease their journey to its inevitable ending.
Instead of asking for the lethal injection, terminally ill patients should cherish the time they have
left with their family and friends, and pass away with happy memories of their life, and happy
memories of their last days on earth with the people they love easing the transition. They have a
duty to give back by making the people around them happy.