|A suicide prevention poster of the Department of Defense. |
Suicide is common among returning vets.
|Fine for headaches. But suicide???|
|"Smoking can cause a slow|
and painful death." But
the French still love their
|A mecca for suicides.|
|Observation deck of the Empire State Building today. This|
barrier might have stopped Evelyn McHale.
Some societies see suicide as permissible, even honorable, under certain circumstances, though not traditionally our own. I see no reason why someone terminally ill, especially if in great pain, should not be allowed to end their suffering. And should assisted suicide be permitted? Again, in the case of terminally ill patients, I think so. I applauded Jacob (Jack) Kevorkian ("Dr. Death") for helping such patients end their misery -- at least 130, by his own count -- and deplored his arrests and trials. Three trials ended in acquittal, and one in a mistrial; he was finally convicted of second-degree homicide in Michigan and served over eight years in prison before being granted parole for good behavior in 2007. Certainly he had provoked the authorities, even dared them to arrest him, but public opinion now seems to be turning in his direction, as Oregon, Washington, and Vermont have legalized physician-assisted suicide in the case of terminally ill patients. Kevorkian died in 2011.
|Our next mayor? Bill de Blasio with his wife, son, and daughter at a rally.|