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Developing An Assisted Suicide Essay

Assisted suicide is a controversial issue that isn’t as heated as it once was in the last decade—the 2000s—but still lends itself to some rather heated discussion. The reason for the lack of mainstream interest and therefore attention on assisted suicide is that there has been no major catalyst even in recent times.

Writing an essay on assisted suicide requires a good deal of research and knowing what your thesis will be about the subject. If your objective is to defend a particular point on assisted suicide, you should pick a side; pick a topic within assisted suicide, and go to work on research and writing.

Here are the steps to getting started:

  • Ask questions and answer them.
  • Research.
  • Write.

We’ll just go into the first two as writing is self-explanatory. You want a strong introduction and a stronger closing with your points and facts being the body of your essay. Including proper formatting that the instructor assigns and you have the fundamentals for the writing portion of the essay.

Ask Questions, Answer Them

To develop your thesis statement—the main rallying point your essay will ride on—you’ll need to reflect on the subject overall and narrow it to a few topics. You can narrow assisted suicide by asking questions. A few questions that could be asked are:

  • What are the moral concerns about assisted suicide?
  • What are legal concerns and precedents on assisted suicide? Where is assisted suicide legal?
  • What is the general opinion on assisted suicide?
  • What position are health care professionals and hospitals put in concerning assisted suicide?
  • What are some of the reasons to consider assisted suicide?

Although many of these aren’t the strong questions that will give insightful reflection, they are decent building blocks that you could work with or give you an idea of the direction you should head in with the questions.

Answer your question and you’ll find your thesis statement.

As stated, your essay will ride on the thesis statement.


Research is extremely important for any essay whether it’s an argumentative one, a thesis essay, or what have you. If you’re unsure as to what you should research about assisted suicide, research everything.

  • The history
  • The law
  • Published accounts in the news
  • Psychological analysis

Research will give your thesis legs to stand on, so get as much information as possible.

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