Should Euthanasia be Legal?
by em on September 11, 2016 - 9:36pm
Should Euthanasia be Legal?
The legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide remains a controversial and taboo subject to discuss about. This remains a source of conflict between many countries since the majority don't authorize this act. Only a few countries legalized this euthanasia such as Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, and certain American states. In 2002, Belgium adopted a law authorizing people suffering from insupportable physical or physic pain the right to put an end to their life. The law authorizes them to put an end to their life if they respect certain conditions, the patient must be over 18, the decision has to come voluntarily, in other words it’s only the patient personal decision that matter in this process. In addition, the decision requires the written consent of tree doctor who approved.
Marieke Vervoort a 37 year old Belgian Paralympic athlete who won the gold medal in 2012 over the 100 metres in London want’s to put an end to her life after participating in her last games in Rio. A current citizen of Belgium she has the possibility of ending her life if the pain from her incurable degenerative spinal disease becomes intolerable in order for her to continue living what’s rest of her life. For the moment, her main concerns are to win the gold medal in Rio’s 400 metres and to complete her personal bucket list including stunt flying. She suffered from this disease for 20 years now, it wasn't an option for her to think about the possibility of ending her life within the help of assisted suicide in Belgium. She finally won the silver medal at the T52 final of the 400 metres in Rio this September. Even without winning the gold, she fulfilled her biggest dream, having only a few months to live before she ends her life she absolutely want’s to live as much as possible before the pain becomes too much for her. Being exhausted from all, she recently declared having already signed the euthanasia paper in 2008.
The situation Marieke is faced highlights many morals and values, principles in which people and culture oppose from. Many people and culture may argue that that nobody should end their own life since it’s against faith, the right of living and also religion. Why should someone be able so easily to end their life when so many other people fight so hard to get their life back on track? At the same time who are we to judge Marieke’s pain? We are also faced with the other side of this ethical issue. She has the right to be in peace, in harmony with herself and to die in dignity. She is major and has enough autonomy to decide what she want’s, and how she want’s to spend the rest of her days. I’m for legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, I think that in this particular case it is totally acceptable that Marieke Vervoort would want to end her life. She concretely states suffering from huge among of pain causing her fear, sadness, frustration and even preventing her from sleep. Who are we to judge how she should live? I deeply think that when all the conditions are approved by doctors and psychologist it should be an automatic decision to stop the person from this insupportable pain. In Marieke case they are literally nothing else that the doctors can do but to give her medications, reducing the pain, meaning that the pain will always be a part of her life. Don’t we have enough concern of our own to worry about the physical and psychic pain of others wanting to end their life? It’s the person right to decide how they want to be remembered from others. Don’t they have the right to decide when it as been enough suffering?
Brown, Oliver. « Paralympic Games 2016: Silver salves the pain for Marieke Vervoort ». The Telegraph, 10 September 2016. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/paralympic-sport/2016/09/10/paralympic-games-2016-silver-salves-the-pain-for-marieke-vervoor/ .