I believe as long as people (1) are not in debt OR have completed a filing for bankruptcy, AND (2) they’ve made arrangements for any dependants to be properly cared for after they’re gone, they should be allowed access to safe and painless (or as near-to-painless-as-possible) options for committing suicide. Yes, I’m completely serious. The reason I think so is not just because I think we all should have a right to end our own lives, but because if things were arranged that way on a *societal* level then I feel people would be more supportive of those around them. Sure you could still gaslight/invalidate people with the whole “HOW WOULD THAT OTHER PERSON FEEL?” spiel, but if a person is willing to put in the time to take care of actual societal obligations, and if there was a way for that to be formally recognized, that kind of thinking would ring hollow.
The actual fact is that suicide is taboo not because there is any sincere sentiment behind the “HOW WOULD THAT OTHER PERSON FEEL?” response, but because even the most miserable, hopeless, “unproductive” people are more useful to society alive than dead.
Even if you’re socially isolated, homeless, unemployed, and/or marginalized in other ways, you or someone else is still spending money on sheltering and feeding you. That flow of cash is benefiting people. Your social isolation might tempt you into addiction, which contributes to the bottom line of whoever is peddling your desires. Within our capitalist societies, homelessness spins off into spending on social services, charities, police departments, private companies that make “anti-homeless spikes” (google it) and the like. If you’re unemployed AND compelled to find a job to survive (i.e. not idle rich so you have to be in the job market), you help keep labour a buyer’s market. Some people like to pretend social spending doesn’t contribute to economic growth but then these same people will also cite GDP, which includes all of that spending either directly or indirectly. The only way not to contribute is to not spend money yourself, AND not have anyone spending money on you.
And how do you do that? You leave the system. Either live entirely off the grid somehow (essentially impossible) or die.
Because how can society continue to benefit from your existence after your death? For one last hurrah there’s disposal of the body, clerical work, a funeral, possibly counselling for the bereaved (assuming there are some), inheritances (assuming recipients spend it and don’t just stash it away), maybe a newspaper announcement now and then, but soon it all peters out and then… that’s it. Suicide in particular is heinous to supporters of the system we live in because, I expect, the vast majority of suicides are markers for unsolved socioeconomic problems. Those chronic problems are themselves markers that the system doesn’t work. Allowing people access to reliable and relatively painless means of committing suicide with records kept on reasons why they chose to die, and then publishing the untouched results regularly, would be the strongest measure of confidence in a fair, free, and open society that there ever could be.