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What are the Pros and Cons of Euthanasia

by Suleman

Euthanasia is a very debatable topic that has come to the forefront in the recent past; it is very unsettled because it raises ethical questions and a plethora of moral issues. It is also highly controversial because taking someone’s life away is big; how can someone justify it? These are some very discombobulating questions that euthanasia raises, and it is tough to answer these questions.

No religion in the world will say assisted suicides, because it is a great sin to bring an end to your life, and it is an even greater sin helping others suffer but it’s a different matter in the case of terminally ill people. There are several NGOs established to assist terminally ill people; one such NGO located in Canada is dying with dignity. The members of the NGO have been trying hard to help terminally ill people, and the NGO supports assisted suicide. At the same time, they have been trying to ensure that terminally ill patients die without any pain and die with dignity. In some countries, it is against the law to assist terminally ill patients in committing suicide.

What are the Pros and Cons of Euthanasia

Euthanasia refers to a painless death; assisted suicides have been on the rise, which is undoubtedly a very alarming situation. It is a very debatable topic about whether a terminally ill person should be assisted with suicide. Many perspectives must be considered, and this paper will shed light on the most critical views.

The final exit network is another NGO that helps terminally ill patients in assisted suicides. This NGO is known for accepting patients suffering from fatal diseases like cancer, heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, and so on. Usually, it is tough for such patients to be adopted by an NGO, but the Final exit is an exception, and it accepts almost everyone.

The near and dear ones of the terminally ill die each day; they suffer from physical and emotional trauma isn’t assisted suicide better than dying each day? It might not be the ideal choice but one is left with a lack of choices when physical pain and misery supersedes everything. There are two ways euthanasia can be performed, the first one is when the doctor or the nurse gives a medicine which takes the life away of a terminally ill patient, and the other is when the doctor or the nurse chooses to ignore the patient. The patient dies when the proper medicine is not being given.

The problem of the zillion dollar is who will decide whether to help a terminally ill patient with suicide, or not? This is one question that is extremely difficult to answer; most times, it is the relatives of the terminally ill patient who take a call, and the doctors go and in some countries where assisted suicide is allowed.

If someone is unconscious, and can’t express their wishes, then a living will prevail. Failing that, a combination of law and a physician’s consensus prognosis should decide when to pull the plug. If you force someone to stay alive against their will, that is torture, which I consider more severe than murder. If there are any capital offences, pain should be on that list. (Euthanasia)

Not worthy of survival is a nonsensical phrase; is it highly debatable as to who is deserving of survival and who is not? An individual who has been deemed unworthy will justify his worth sparking off a never-ending debate, the same makes this issue all the more debatable.

We’ll support euthanasia, as we’re all entitled to know what’s good and bad for us. Similarly, it is essential to assist the terminally ill when they know that their disease is incurable. They have to suffer and endure the pain; it is so much better to help them rather than leave them at the mercy of no one. Even the doctors start ignoring the incurable patients, and the pain and suffering increase by several folds when this happens.

Quality of life determines whether we are happy or sad. In the case of terminally ill patients, the quality of life is more often than miserable; they experience pain beyond imagination. The emotional trauma that they go through is unimaginable; this is why it is better to assist them with suicide. This will also reduce the pain and suffering of their near and dear ones.

The population of the world is increasing with each passing day; the overcrowded hospitals are ill-equipped when it comes to taking care of terminally ill patients. Would it not be so much better to save those who have chances of living rather than wasting time on those who cannot be cured? It sounds harsh, but it is practical and perfectly implementable.

In many Asian countries, government hospitals are full of terminally ill patients who have given up all hope. Nothing is being done about it because the laws do not permit assisted suicide in these countries. There is no place for the patients to go; others have no emotional help because their family has already abandoned them believing they cannot be cured. This is even worse than dying; when a human being is alive how can a relationship break? This highlights the prevailing selfishness in our society.

There are strong cases against euthanasia as well; doctors can never help in assisted suicide because all the doctors take an oath to save the lives of the people, how can they play a part in assisted suicides? Often, a terminally ill patient recovers against all the odds and starts living a perfectly normal life; this has happened in the past and may occur in the future as well.

These possibilities are always there, and several times it is tough to determine what a terminally ill patient wants? In which case, assisted suicide should not even be thought about, let alone doing it.

Christianity defines assisted suicide as a crime, and how can someone take another person’s life in more ways than one is right?

Hindus also believe that this act is like interfering with the life and death cycle, and we are no one to determine when a person should die. Islam is also deadly against assisted suicide. It is also believed that euthanasia devalues the life of a human being; morally supporting someone with suicide is considered a heinous act.

“How would one assess if a mental disorder qualifies mercy killing? What happens if the pain threshold is below optimum and the patient perceives the circumstances as not worth living? How would one know whether they wish to die is the result of an unbalanced thought process or a logical decision in mentally ill patients? What if the individual opted for assisted suicide, and the family wouldn’t agree?” (Pros and Cons of Euthanasia)

“The number one reason I hear against euthanasia (and suicide too, for that matter) is that you can’t do it because it is not your decision. God owns you, and it is up to Him to decide when you die. This is religious superstition. Surely the idea of separating church and state would shield non-Christians from Christians seeking to push their faith down unable to throat terminally “(Rebuttal)

Our population is perhaps the most significant reason; we are ill-equipped when it comes to dealing with terminally ill patients, we are emotionally not strong enough to see them suffer each day, the emotional trauma which this whole issue causes is beyond imagination for the near and dear ones of these terminally ill patients hence, it is in the best interest of everyone to assist terminally ill patients with suicide, some religions may strongly oppose this. Still, we have to be practical and think about those who have bright chances of survival rather than focuses our energy and efforts on those who have bleak prospects of living and overcoming their illnesses.

To conclude, it is fair to say that euthanasia is a very debatable topic; different people ought to have different views on this controversial topic. Some would say it is fine to assist terminally ill patients with suicide, while others would strongly oppose this. We have to practice and vouch for assisted suicide; several reasons have been comprehensively discussed in the earlier parts of the paper.

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