Trigger warning… again…
Should it be against the law to help a terminally ill person die? If so, why? If a person weren’t dying but in profound emotional pain, should he or she be allowed to commit suicide?
This is something of a follow up to last week’s question.
Based on the answer I gave last Saturday, I’d have to say no. And I fall back on my thought that it’s cruel to sit and do nothing as a terminally ill individual suffers in pain during their final days.
I’m not sure I understand the last part of the question… should someone in emotional distress be allowed to commit suicide? Allowed or not, people do it. And I’m not saying it’s a good thing but I can certainly understand when someone reaches that place. It’s dark and it’s depressing and I would hope it can be prevented. But that’s not always the case.
But it’s not as if someone who attempts suicide and fails is later arrested, tried, and convicted of a crime. It’s likely they’ll spend some time receiving 24/7 psychiatric treatment to hopefully help with the issues that led to the attempt in the first place.
That’s as far as I’m going with it this week. I went deeper last week and to do so two weeks in a row feels like too much.
But if you feel like getting into it, let me know your answers down in the comments.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.