Should terminally ill patients be able to choose when they die? | The Tylt
Should terminally ill patients be able to choose when they die?
Euthanasia should be legal because it's the right thing to do. According to Gallup, 73 percent of all Americans favor making euthanasia available to the terminally ill. If someone is of sound mind and know they're dying, shouldn't they be able to choose the time and manner in which they die? It's a mercy we give to animals. Why should we deprive people the same option?
Some people suffering from illnesses find the pain unbearable. That's a reality people must admit exists. There are people who are suffering in immeasurable and intolerable ways, and the only comfort we can give them is death. It's an uncomfortable reality, but reality nonetheless.
Instead of allowing people to needlessly suffer, we as a society should allow people to determine for themselves how and when they want to end their lives. It's about giving people the comfort they need when there are no good options left available.
Critics say allowing a person to go through with euthanasia is essentially giving up on them. It means as a society, we're unwilling to try to make this person's life better and abandoning them when they need us most. Life is an incredibly precious thing. People die, but we shouldn't be the ones who determine when and where it happens. The goal should always be to preserve life.
Meant to be compassionate, assisted suicide is actually abandonment most foul. Compassion means to “suffer with.” Euthanasia is about eliminating suffering by eliminating the sufferer. Or, to put it another way, euthanasia endorses suicide. It’s not choice, it is the end of all choices. Or, to put it another way, euthanasia endorses suicide. It’s not choice, it is the end of all choices.
Here's how Americans have thought about euthanasia over the years.