Euthanasia: Killer or Life Saving?
by alanamikulis on September 12, 2016 - 8:37pm
Euthanasia still causes great debate in today’s society. Euthanasia occurs when a patient intentionally wants to end their life because they are suffering, ill or have a chronic disease that they can no longer stand living with. As of 2015, Canada has ruled in favor of doctor-assisted suicide for certain cases. In earlier years, patients had only one option; to continue living. Now, patients are indirectly asked if they wish to live or die.
Certain moral issues and values arise when patients are against doctor-assisted suicide. It is believed that patients who are terminally ill do not really want to die. They decide to die by euthanasia because they feel that they are a burden to their family and society. All patients should have to fight for the quality of their lives. Also, at times many patients are unable to make decisions for themselves and let family members make live changing choices that they cannot make. This endangers vulnerable patients who might wish to continue living. Unfortunately, many innocent lives will be sadly terminated and would represent a grave miscarriage of justice in the way we treat the most defenseless and weak members of our society. In countries like the Netherlands, the rate of doctor-assisted suicide has increased 1600 in 2006 to over 5000 in 2013. Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life. With doctor-assisted suicide, no one’s life is being saved or helped, their lives are only being taken. The greater good of society will be left behind with euthanasia. Fairness, autonomy, courage, integrity and strength will all be lost with doctor-assisted death. Humans life is fundamentally valuable and is a sanctity of life.
Euthanasia is one of the only way to end a patient’s suffering medically. Although there are negative effects to medically assisted suicide, there are positive aspects as well. Euthanasia targets the innocent patients who are no longer able to survive and want to live a peaceful and non horrifying death. With medically-assisted death, patients have a right for individual freedom and choice making. They can live and enjoy the rest of their lives in peace, as well as the patient’s family. Also, the famous oath of doctors “Do no harm” would be hypocritical if they refused euthanasia toward a patient. If society would let the individual suffer for the rest of its life, more harm would be created. This would take away the patient’s values of pleasure, justice, comfort and self-reliance. Euthanasia shows that individuals should always act in accordance to their own best interest. Outsiders should respect people’s autonomy and act for the great good of the individual. A patient who is in a terminal phase of life should be allowed the right to end his or her life if they are longer happy or comfortable. Their should be no questions asked if patients are in constant pain and definitely wish to die.
According to the previous arguments, I believe that everyone’s interests should have equal considerations and that no one should feel harm. I am in favor of euthanasia because all individuals should live a peaceful life in the way they desire. Patients should maintain their individual freedom and strength throughout their lives. If they desire to end their lives because they are suffering, then they should have the right to do so. Do you believe euthanasia is good way to end a patient’s suffering or should they continue living the life they are intended to have?
Jacobson Asher, Rabbi. “Opinion: Instead of legalizing assisted suicide, it's better to err on the side of protecting the vulnerable.” The Montreal Gazette, 2 Jun. 2016: web.