Support for Euthanasia

Support for Euthanasia

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Angela Ruth Banaag started this petition to Government and

Day by day, a lot of people from all over the world suffer from an incurable disease or sickness. Minute by minute, these people's lives depend on a machine that once unplugged; their sufferings would come to an end. These people do not only suffer from the physical pain they experience but also the mental and emotional pain they have to go through, because, second by second of their lives, they have to constantly contemplate when their end will be. Euthanasia is a form of easy death for patients suffering from an incurable disease or sickness to terminate pain and for the person to be given an early end. A lot of people consider euthanasia as something immoral, but, what could be more immoral than forcing a person to live when the essence of life is not just there anymore? One of the biggest misconceptions in life is; dying is a bad thing, although, dying is not necessarily a bad thing, most especially when you know that you have already reached your limit in life and death seems to be inevitable. Have we ever put into consideration that maybe these people have to constantly ask themselves: What is the essence of life when it cannot be lived? Everyone suffering from an incurable disease or sickness should be granted the right to die with dignity to end one's suffering. 

The 'right to live' is not similar to the 'obligation to live' thus, the right to live coexist with the right to die. Euthanasia is a way to fully exercise human rights, because everyone has the right to stop suffering, this right should not be for everyone but for those who need it. A Japanese writer named Haruki Murakami once said that "Death is not opposite with life, but a part of it." Thus, dying is one of the most crucial events of one's life and if all of us has the right to live life with peace and dignity then why don't we have the same right to die peacefully and with dignity? Furthermore, patients have the right to refuse medical treatment, thus, with this right being recognized, it gives way to passive euthanasia which means the withdrawal of medical treatment to precipitate the patient's death. With regards to the patient's alternatives on euthanasia, it's rather horrifying than humane. Meet Tony Nicklinson, in 2010 and again in 2012, his bid to die was rejected by the British High Court. As a sufferer of "locked in" syndrome, Tony was incapable of moving a single muscle in his body - a condition he described as "a living nightmare." Unable to do the job himself and unable to ask anyone to do it for him, Tony followed the only course of action available: He starved himself to death. After a week without food, he died in "indignity and misery" from pneumonia. (LISTVERSE). It is crystal clear that patients suffering from an incurable disease or sickness wants to have a good end but are rejected to do so, so they find other alternatives to end their life. To think that some of these people spent their lives not having the privilege to live their life as of high quality and to be given an atrocious death is just not humanitarian and moral. Hence, it's very important for people suffering from terminal sickness or diseases to attain legal protection through legalizing euthanasia. 

Legalization of euthanasia will reduce the current number of deaths caused by a highly unprofessional manner due to legality issues. Euthanasia occurs in all societies, including those in which it is held to be immoral and illegal. Euthanasia occurs under the guise of secrecy in societies that secrecy is mandatory. (TSL NIGERIA). Many physicians have aid in assisted suicide by giving drugs for letting patients to commit it on their own. Although in this scenario, some physicians frequently list down the actual illness than the assisted suicide, some reason out this is to prevent public involvement for people to look unto the patient's file and for the family to experience lesser pain, although, regardless of what the reason may be, the intention may be good but it should not be a guaranteed method and the result is just merely more painful for the relatives and for the patient, himself. Through the legalization of euthanasia, safety regulations would be implemented and this type of scenario with regards to assisted suicide could be prevented. Through the government's aid, governmental filters that establish rules and safety measures, and other relevant criteria as one when to perform euthanasia, a dignified death is possible. In addition, people suffering from a terminal disease or sickness can be provided with the support that they need to attain the rights that they possess. 

Euthanasia has been viewed by many as somewhat unethical and impure, although, when it is strictly implemented with safety measures it can beneficial. "In cases where there are no dependents who might exert pressure one way or the other, the right of the individual to choose should be paramount. So long as the patient is lucid, and his or her intent is clear beyond doubt, there need be no further questions" (BBC). As long as the patient is able to decide for himself or herself, he or she should be given the right to attain what he or she wanted for her or his death. Some argue that euthanasia shortens lifespan, although, research says otherwise for according to statistics, in 86% of the cases, euthanasia shortened a patient's life no more than one week - usually, just a couple of hour. (Listland). Majority of these cases, patients were in extreme agony. Euthanasia helps patients to end the suffering that they have been experiencing through a peaceful and dignified death. A lot of research showed that euthanasia has in fact saved lives since it now provides a protected and regulated framework with which doctors must first obtain explicit consent before conducting euthanasia. When we think about it thoroughly, keeping a person alive against their own will and just letting them withstand the pain that they constantly go through is somehow inhumane. 

Overall, euthanasia should not be something to consider as immoral and inhumane when in fact, it complies to what moral and humane should be. There are a lot of factors to consider regarding this matter, such as one's liberty, misery, pain and suffering. Indeed, euthanasia is something that each of us should think thoroughly. Euthanasia is an option, and everyone has the right to choose. Through legalization, safety regulations could be provided as aforementioned, giving these people who are in need of support and assistance to be provided with the death that they hoped for. Not a sudden and painful death, but a noble one so that at least even their very last second, they died with dignity just like what everyone else should be provided with. 

 

 

Sources:

https://listverse.com/2013/09/12/10-arguments-for-legalising-euthanasia/

http://careforyourmind.familyaware.org/the-right-to-treatment-and-the-right-to-refuse-treatment/

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/out-work/rights-and-freedoms/projects/human-rights-and-euthanasia

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/euthanasia/infavout/infavour_1.shtml

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