May 20, 2010
I am a huge supporter of preventing suicide. A person who is trying to kill themselves for bullying or mental issues clearly needs help and that help should be provided. What about someone who is already dying though? I mean we are all dying, but I mean knocking on death's door dying. Do they have the right to end their own suffering or even get help in ending their life?
I am of course talking about euthanasia. I firmly believe that in quite a few circumstances euthanasia is the right choice, or at least up to the individual. We all have the choice to live the life we want and therefore should be given that same choice in death. Would you want to see yourself or a loved one suffer through a horrible disease that is only going to result in a painful death. I know I sure the hell wouldn't! Why is it that we can deny almost all forms of medical treatment, but we can not die on our own terms and in peace. It seems quite counter-productive.
Basically what the law says is this. We can stop all forms of treatment, sit there and suffer, die, but god forbid a doctor or anyone else for that matter helps end our suffering so we can die in peace and on our own terms. One of the biggest factors attributing to this not being the case is the Christian movement in this and other countries. They seem to think that if euthanasia and any other form of assisted suicide is murder, immoral, and people playing god. Yes these are the same people who will not let people live their own lives, like homosexuals.
If someone thinks euthanasia or A.S is immoral it will not be a choice for them in the first place. They would not want to end their suffering because of their own personal views and beliefs. That is the individuals right. Like I always say though, no one has the right to force their own beliefs on others. If a person is morally OK with the choice of ending their life, it is their decision not mine or yours. As far as "playing god" we all do this everyday. The machines used to keep your loved one alive, the medicine we all take, and even the use of using birth control is "playing god". This logic is futile. Also let us not forget that not everyone is Christian or any religion for that matter.
Many people have claimed that is any form of A.S is made legal where would it stop? This is a very valid point and something that needs to be looked at and discussed. The bottom line is no deserves to suffer and anyone who is suffering deserves the right to die.