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Over the past ten to twenty years a big issue has been made over a persons right to commit suicide or not The American courts have had to deal with everything from assisted suicides to planned suicides and whether the constitution gives the American people the right to take their own lives or whether it says they have the power to allow someone else to take their lives They have had to determine in some cases whether or not homicide charges needed to be brought up and others times whether or not it was done for an underlying reason such as insurance fraud 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 broken down all the reasons of suicides into two different categories rational suicide and irrational 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 interestsBattin 132 Another opinion of rationality of suicide is it is the best thing for him from the point of view of his own welfare-or whether it is the best thing for someone being advised from the point of view of that persons welfareBrandt 118 People have to characterize suicides because a lot of times they dont understand what that person is going through so by grouping them and placing criteria on them it allows them to accept it in an easier manner If terminally ill patients are the only ones who have a good
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