Euthanasia is defined as “the intentional ending of a patient’s life by a physician, usually by lethal injection (“Facts and Statistics on Euthanasia”).” This option, which is usually thought about in cases involving a person with a terminal illness who have very slim chances of recovery, is becoming a subject of popular debate lately, particularly among the legislative bodies of various states.
The debate revolves around the question of the practice’s morality and legality, such as whether it is morally right to make euthanasia legal in one territory.
Despite the growing assent by many different states on the topic, it is argued that euthanasia could never be morally justifiable. In the first place, it should be considered that people who want to undergo euthanasia are victims (Key Points for Debating Assisting Suicide). This means that these people should be provided with much-needed spiritual and psychological support that would help them cope with the difficulties they are experiencing, rather than curtail their life prematurely (Key Points for Debating Assisting Suicide). Moreover, eliminating people because of problems can never be considered humane. Indeed, such an act shows lack of respect for human life and dignity. The more humane solution to such a situation is to find ways and means of solving the problem, rather than cutting a life short.
Finally, it is a good argument to put forward that a person’s possibility of recovery and coping with whatever problem he has could never reach rock bottom. Euthanasia removes every little possibility of such a recovery, and it would be unfair for any person for his chances to be removed in such a way. Recent medical technology also provides another argument against euthanasia, because it increases a person’s chances at eliminating pain and suffering (Suicide Lodge).
Facts and Statistics on Euthanasia. Retrieved May 2, 2007 from http://www.religionfacts.com/euthanasia/stats.htm.
Key Points for Debating Assisting Suicide. Retrieved May 2, 2007, from http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/facts/keypoints.html
Suicide Lodge. Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and Terminal Illness. Retrieved May 2, 2007 from http://www.a1b2c3.com/suilodge/faceut1.htm