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Since the beginning of time people have been committing suicide Self inflicted death or suicide can be defined as choosing the mode time situation or occasion for ending ones life In general the word suicide has a negative connotation and is looked upon unfavorably Yet in some circumstances killing oneself can be considered acceptable or even the right thing to do There are several aspects to suicide and the law but I am only going to discuss a few of them First of all why anyone would want to take their own life and what is a rational suicide Secondly in some ways assistance has played in the area of suicide Next what the constitution says and see if any of the states have allowed suicide Finally well study some of the cases that have been brought before the American courts Suicide has become a big part of American society year after year more people are taking their own lives for many different reasons A lot of philosophers have found all the reasons of rational suicide A rational suicide has been given five basic criteria that usually must be met for the persons act to be considered rational The five criteria which a person must show for their suicide to be considered rational are the ability to reason realistic world view adequacy of information avoidance of harm and accordance with fundamental interests A lot of suicides are grouped in the rational category because they are committed so the person can be saved from the pain they may be experiencing from a terminal disease This seems to be just about the only true rational and morally correct reason why a person should commit suicide Yet a lot of times these patients are heavily sedated so that it is impossible for the mental processes of decision leading to action to occur In other words these patients have a rational reason to commit suicide yet their mind is
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