In a religious sense, these persons may believe their religious figures have abandoned them, and thus are no longer figures able to bestow privileges. Morally, these individuals may feel their loved ones would be happier and more advantaged if they were no longer in existence. Legally, they may believe that the government has no control over their lives since they are not viable members of society. Spiritually, these persons may feel their lives are no longer worth living.
The above circumstances are just some in which individuals may feel they have a right to take their own lives. However, as stated previously, when discussing the rights of any individual, it is imperative to also discuss those rights in terms of the people and social institutions that surround that person. In many circumstances, as in those discussed below, the justification given by an individual as to why suicide is his or her right clearly violates the rights of those around the person.
For example, while an individual may feel it is their moral right to take their own life in light of terminal illness, many life insurance companies will not honor payment in cases of suicide. Therefore, by choosing to act on his or her right to die, the individual may be taking away his or her family's right to a secure future. In the case of the convicted murderer, the choice to commit suicide takes away the victim's right to justice. Additionally, the criminal also removes the right of his or her family to say goodbye. The chemically imbalanced person, by choosing to die, ignores the rights of his or her family and friends to assist him or her in receiving assistance that may alter their perceptions. Furthermore, in all of the above circumstances, the perceived right to die on the part of the individual may remove his or her right to a funeral or service in the church to which they belong.
There can be no question that some circumstances lead an individual to the belief that he or she has the right to take his or her own life. Illnesses, criminal acts, chemical imbalance, hopelessness, and many other circumstances can lead to the conclusion that death is a viable alternative and one that is a right based on religious, moral, legal, or spiritual beliefs. Since the term "right" in and of its self is subjective by nature, this perception can hardly be said to be incorrect. In all cases, all individuals have the "right" to commit suicide if their personal belief systems allow this privilege to exist.
However, in light of the fact that the "right" for an individual to take his or her own life adversely affects the rights of others without their permission or input, the choice to act on the right to die is unjustifiable. If by committing suicide an individual removes his or her children's ability to attend college, his or her family's ability to come to terms with an unavoidable death, his or her victim's right to see justice on their behalf, or any other consequential ability, the right to die becomes a choice to adversely affect the lives of others. Therefore, while it is true that all individuals have a right to take their own lives, those same individuals have a responsibility not to act on that right. After all, any action can be a right in one's own mind, but having a right to perform an action in no way makes all…