We will be, or have all been there, at some point in our lives. Your loved one has a terminal illness and is in great pain. That pain will get worse and worse until the day they die and there is nothing you can do. That situation is one of the worst times in everyone’s life. The patient is suffering physically and the loved ones are suffering emotionally. Should there be some step to take, by the patient, or, if the patient is in a coma and can’t make the decision for themselves, by the patients loved ones? Should we legalize euthanasia?
Those who support euthanasia view it as the only merciful thing to do. If a person is in pain and has no hope of survival, should they not have the freedom to end things themselves? Supporters feel it is cruel to force someone who is in pain and with no hope of relief to go through that torment. They feel it should be up to the patient, not the doctor, the church, or the state, to decide how the patient spends their last days on earth. Finally, they want it legalized to give patients a choice and, in all likelihood, that patient will choose life, but will take comfort in having an option.
People against euthanasia feel that it is a violation of life. They feel that legalizing euthanasia will make society into a crueler place that doesn’t value life anymore. They see euthanasia as something that could possibly be abused by people who would rather save money than pay the costs of care for a terminal patient. Finally, if the loved ones of a patient decide to end the patient’s life while the patient is in a coma, they may unknowingly be violating the patient’s wishes to continue to live.
The last days of a person’s life, who is terminally ill, are awful for all those involved. Be it the patient, the family, the friends, or the medical staff, everyone is suffering in their own way. All we can do is hope we make the right choices to give the patient as much comfort and love as we can, and make their last days in life good ones.
In this video, NBC News covered the death of Brittany Maynard, who took her own life while terminally ill 3 years ago:
Should we legalize euthanasia? Is euthanasia a mercy for terminal patients, or is it a crime against life itself?
In support of legalizing euthanasia
Those who support euthanasia see it as a sensible option to give a terminally ill patient. They feel it will give the patient comfort in having a choice on whether or not to end their suffering.
It shouldn't just be about "tremendous" pain. If there's nothing left and the end is prescribed, then we all need to have the right 2 choose
— Jeremy Graham 💙 (@jeremy_graham) October 20, 2017
I'm sorry too, that both of you have had to endure loved ones dying pain-filled deaths – those who oppose voluntary euthanasia have no idea
— Carolyn R Hastie (@CarolynHastie) October 21, 2017
We live in better times in many ways so euthanasia should be allowed
When my own octagenarian parents who lived in WW2 say they want it, YES
— Jennifer Meyer-Smith (@smithmeyerjen) October 21, 2017
It’s the one thing in life one should have control over where possible. Most wont chose euthanasia but feel comfort by its possibility.
— Cheryl J 👣 (@TimsRedPants) October 21, 2017
In opposition to legalizing euthanasia
People against euthanasia see it as a dangerous option that can be abused by people who are just trying to save money. They feel that euthanasia is a violation of life itself.
Euthanasia leaves the elderly & ill, even handicapped in a vulnerable position which could be easily abused to save $. #NotGood
— Debi 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@PoliticDeb) October 21, 2017
Euthanasia is an injustice because it goes against the sanctity of human life. -JJ
Are you against or for Euthanasia?
— Jeremiah the Prophet (@JJdaProphet) October 20, 2017
— Leafy Instrument (@leafyinstrument) October 20, 2017
Anyone who cannot see the utilitarian & eugenic ends to which Euthanasia will almost certainly be directed against poor & disabled is insane https://t.co/fC0jaIdbz5
— Gʀᴀʏ Cᴏɴɴᴏʟʟʏ (@GrayConnolly) October 19, 2017
Do you think euthanasia should be legal?