Grog wrote:If you are depressed and full of debt and you just want to end your life, well in this case the state doesn't legalize anyone in helping you (because they are purely egoistical reasons), but since when does that stop someone to commit suicide?
I see. I wouldn't make this distinction. If someone wants out, that's their choice. Anything else implies people are slaves, and children don't exactly consent to becoming people in the first place. Anyway, I think the problem would be solved if the best meds for suicide were free for purchase by private individuals (without a prescription). In this case, the state wouldn't be condoning anything, and it would have no political fallout. People could just make their own choice in private. Not all suicide methods are reliable.
The part about debt gave me some pause, suicide is like a unilateral default. But then again, that's the natural risk of lending people money.