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Should individuals sentenced to life in prison be allowed to choose death instead?
It is too difficult for an individual to make a rational choice in this circumstance.
Most prisoners suffer from mental illnesses. If a prisoner's poor mental health leads to them wanting to kill themselves by euthanasia it cannot be described as voluntary, as it is not a free choice.
There is too much opportunity for coercion within the prison environment, where prisoners are
may still have ways
of making the most of life imprisonment (e.g. parole, court appeals, prison work, rehabilitation programs. etc.) so they should not be allowed to make an irreversible decision such as dying.
that individuals are less likely to make rational choices when under pressure.
It is questionable whether choices are
in any circumstance.
Medical practitioners follow
to test whether patients possess autonomy and the capacity to make an informed choice. The requirements of this test can also be met in this circumstance.
Since death is never a truly informed choice, an individual choosing suicide will always seem irrational, even if