Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Don't Fear the Reaper: The Benefits of Assisted Suicide

By Trevor Ward Published May 1, 2013

1906, a year most remembered for the San Francisco earthquake, also notes the first time in which assisted suicide entered the national spotlight. In light of the many fears of rapidly increasing health care costs and finding a sustainable structure to support an aging U.S. population, returning to the 1906 viewpoint of the collective welfare of assisted suicide provides an economic argument in which these growing costs of care and fears of an uncontrollable dependency ratio may be abated.