9. Aren’t we taking away autonomy and dignity by not allowing assisted suicide?

  • For assisted suicide to happen, a third party must step in and take action on your behalf.  (True autonomy would mean committing suicide on your own).
  • Eligibility for assisted suicide is determined by a third party, according to government standards, decided by a doctor.  That’s even more interference.
  • The diagnosis and treatment for the underlying illness will be influenced by wait times, access to services adapted to the person’s needs, and the limits of one’s insurance.  It can be influenced by many outside factors.
  • In an interdependent society “autonomy” is an illusion.  We are all dependent on the infrastructure for utilities and transportation, the agricultural, manufacturing and shipping industries for food and other necessities, and a health care and social benefit system for our health and welfare.