I am not for it. I believe that, as a human being, you owe it to yourself to live your life to the absolute fullest. There is a spirit to you, a sort of will to every person that isn't touched by peripheral pain or circumstances. It is your duty for yourself to live by that and strive towards the best life. I believe a person has a right to do anything they want except take the life of another or take their own life. You might think that, sense it's your body, you can do whatever you want to it... think what you want. The way I see it, everything else that you have a right to do is in the context of your life; I don't believe that the decision to not live is a right. That is my conviction. The only way I believe assisted death is acceptable is if a patient is immediately in the "dying process" and is already about to be pronounced dead, and the assisted death would help them die without pain. If it is from a spontaneous accident, I don't believe in "putting someone down"; I believe CPR and other last-line attempts to save a life should be attempted with maximum effort from the moment they are found to the moment they are pronounced dead. It is only acceptable if the patient has been dying from a chronic illness that causes pain, and death is immediately about to happen with absolutely no possibility of sustaining life. That doesn't mean a 98 year-old whom is going down the tubes and isn't doing well, it doesn't mean a patient with an aggressive cancer that has progressed terminally and has given up, and it doesn't mean an accident with extreme trauma where the physician can pull the plug. It means a person who is literally, with 100% absolute certainty, going to die today and would like to die peacefully.
Not only am I morally against assisted suicide, I am against a physician being allowed to assist suicide. A physician takes the hypocratic oath to unconditionally help sustain life and health of human beings. I don't believe the physician should be allowed the capacity to help end life; no matter the circumstances, I don't believe it is in the job description.
You see it with other issues; patients refuse blood transfusions because it conflicts with their religion, but doctors still have to perform a transfusion if it's necessary for treatment of life-threatening ailments. Right here, right now, they are a doctor and that is their immediate duty. I believe it should be the same with a patient whom wants to die; it is not up to the doctor to honor that.
Maybe my views are a bit radical, but I'd like you to reply and tell me how you look at it.