Should Euthanasia be legal for terminal illness patients?
by Alexandra.G on September 18, 2014 - 9:37pm
Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is to this day a very delicate subject to talk about. By definition, euthanasia means to end a life intentionally for the purpose of ending someone’s suffering. Right now, it is not legal for anyone to aid a person commit suicide in Canada. Nevertheless, there are debates on whether we should have a law allowing dying adult patients to demand an earlier death and it seems that many people would be in favour. However, committing suicide on your own is legal in Canada, hence, why not permit someone who is suffering mentally and physically to die in a painless and monitored way? Shouldn’t assisted suicide be legal to citizens who are suffering miserably while they wait to die? While lots will argue it is immoral, I think the contrary.
In order to have access to euthanasia, the person requesting it should have a terminal illness in which they know they will die in the next six months. They are conscious of what they are doing and accept the consequences of their actions; therefore they should have the right to their own death. So far, this is legal; the only inconvenience is they have to do it themselves. Nonetheless, if someone is not physically capable of doing so, they will have to live miserably until they succumb to the illness, they are treated differently from the rest of the population who wishes to die and is physically able to commit suicide. It is cruel to watch someone suffer and die a slow painful death, we do not let our pets die like this so why should we let a family member or one of our patients die like this? Patients should be given a choice of wanting to either continue fighting until the end or leave before they get to the point of not being able to communicate or do basic activities by themselves.
Some people may argue that killing someone for the simple reason of answering someone’s demand is immoral due to the fact that a physician is supposed to help patients recover, not to kill them. Although this is a valid reason, a doctor cannot give someone treatment if they do not want it, so they would be dying anyway. They should just try to make the patient happy for the little time they have even if it is for dying.
In conclusion, euthanasia should be legal to stop people’s suffering and to help someone do this in the most humane way. It is worse to let someone ache for months instead of helping them find peace. We have the right to choose what we do with our lives, thus we should have the right to choose how we die.
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