How can a government regulate it?
Is there a difference between someone in a lot of pain wanting to commit suicide and a person that doesn't want to be a burden to their family?
What's okay? Someone in physical agony? Is emotional agony okay (eg if someone is paralyzed from the neck down but in absolutely no physical pain)?
I don't know how the government should regulate it; I don't think they should to be honest. They suck at regulating medical decisions for patients (marijuana, abortions, etc). Obviously, I recognize the gravity of these various situations are different. But my point is the government has never expertly or ethically regulated these kinds of decisions - particularly for disabled and/or impoverished minorities.
No, there is not always a difference between being in a lot of pain and being a burden. I don't think anyone except that person is qualified to decide that. But let's not pretend society doesn't do a bang up job at making those with mental illness, disabilities, atypical neurologies and physical illness feel they are nothing more than a burden to our capitalist nation.
Physical and mental/emotional agony are both acceptable reasons to die, in my opinion. With mental, I believe there should be greater support and therapy should definitely occur before someone decides they want to die. However, if we're speaking candidly, people already struggle to get that sort of support to live. Therapy is expensive and inaccessible to impoverished and particularly to those with any variations of mental illness. Homelessness is huge in the population of people with mental illness. They have some of the lowest rates of social support and economic mobility.
I hate the perception of suicide in this country. I don't understand how the mindset came about. But people honestly believe it's selfish. I do not. Suicide is not selfish. It's selfish to force and guilt a family member who is in agony to live. I realize that's a radical concept. But that's how I feel. Maybe if social and economic support were better for those people, maybe then I could imagine a world where suicide is selfish, but as of now, I simply cannot. I'm biased though. I live in constant pain every day of my life.
In 2012, I did attempt suicide because the physical pain was just simply too much, and I had been constantly made to feel like a hypochondriac by doctors. My husband physically restrained me and took me to a hospital. They dismissed my physical issues. They said it was anxiety. They tried to admit me to a psychiatric ward, when what I really needed was a doctor to actually have a real good look at my MRIs and issues. My husband begged me to try to keep going to get a diagnosis. I ended up in therapy, and continued to live. At first, it was for my husband. My therapist was pretty awesome. He made sure I knew I wasn't crazy and helped me navigate the medical system which had determined I was simply a hysterical female, with depression. Fast forward, despite my physical pain that I experience daily, despite the fact that in ten or fifteen years I will likely be wheelchair bound, despite the fact that I could very well die in my sleep tonight, I live for myself. I finally got diagnosed last year. It turns out I wasn't crazy. I want to go back and scream at every idiot doctor who wasn't qualified to say I was depressed, but claimed that's why I was in so much pain, that's why my body was slowly losing feeling, and that's why I was experiencing the symptoms I have. But I am lucky. I had decent health insurance and a good social support system in the form of my husband and amazing therapist. Without that, I never could have kept going.
The worst part is my story isn't unique. Join any Facebook support group for chronic pain, or any sort of chronic illness (physical/mental), and you will find most members have the same story as mine. Crazy. Delusional. Depressed. Anxious. Lying. Drug addict.
I will never think it selfish for another human to decide they are simply too tired to keep going, especially given I cannot begin to understand the circumstances that brought them to that decision, whether it's physical or mental/emotional. I don't believe anyone else should either. These reasons are also why I believe euthanasia should absolutely be legal.
Edit: Holy fuck, sorry, I didn't mean to rant on so long lmao.