Why we should have the right to die
Michael De Dora
Posted on April 3, 2012
Referencing John Stuart Mill’s harm principle, Tauriq Moosa argues in a new article on Big Think that a society is hypocritical if it grants some individual rights, but not others.
Just as we can live as we wish (with certain constraints) we ought to be able to die as we wish, too. …
Why then do we say it’s fine for a person to destroy his lungs, drive extremely fast cars, drink excessively, but not end his life upon his choosing, with his full consent, and painlessly? This is a violation of the very principle that allows us to live freely. We become hypocritical.
For reference: assisted suicide is legal in only three American states: Oregon, Washington, and Montana.