Pew has a number of articles up today showing poll results of Americans’ views on end-of-life medical treatments, suicide, and related issues. I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised to see the enlightened views held by a majority of Americans, most of whom believe it would be acceptable to allow someone in a great deal of pain, without any chance of improvement, to elect to die without further treatment. A majority were also understanding of people in that condition electing suicide, although a slight majority were still opposed to physician assisted suicide.
The issue of allowing someone to die is one of the most difficult ethical dilemmas in existence. Life is precious, and the feeling that we should value it at all cost is understandable. But insisting that someone hold onto to it when all they have to look forward to is pain and misery, is a failure to understand why life is precious.
- Chapter 1: Opinion About Laws on Doctor-Assisted Suicide (pewforum.org)
- More Evangelicals Believe Suicide Is a Moral Right (christianitytoday.com)
- Chapter 2: Views on the Morality of Suicide (pewforum.org)
- Americans divided on facing death: Fight it, choose it or let it come (religionnews.com)
- Growing Minority Think Doctors Should Always Do Everything (psychologytoday.com)