Essay 2, English 1A
Thursday, November 10, 2016
HELP ME DIE
Imagine a loved one, now imagine they have been diagnosed by an incurable disease and they have only months to live and you have nothing to do, there is nothing you can say, you can only watch them. The unbearable pain sets in and the inevitable is right around the corner. No doubt, medical advances had reached its peak and combat for every disease for a large share of our long life. But often, in old age or in long practice of taking medicines these diseases leave a deep impact on the person’s life and steal a person’s mind, ability to control bodily functions, mobility, enjoyment of food and sensory perception.
“Do we really want to erode as our loved ones watch us and while financial resources are wasted for a few extra days of life?”
The most horrible words she ever heard were, “I’m sorry, you have cancer.”
Erica was 67 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was living alone from years as her husband died 4 years ago. She was an independent woman throughout her life and she made decision to fight with it. She was supported by her family and friends, they used to visit her. She was getting better but after 6 months, she got sick again and then she started losing hope. Her locks were shedding; she got weak and pale. She was hardly conscious with external surroundings. Gradually her condition got worse. As her doctor gave her limited time, she demanded euthanasia but refused. Even after pushing hard, she wasn’t allowed to end her pain. After all her despair, she died.
What is the point of making people suffer if their disease is incurable? Should a soul be allowed to end their pain?
“Euthanasia is the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.” Euthanasia should be legalized because its human right born of self determination. Patients should have rights, autonomy, and freedom of deciding when and how their life should end. I believe legalizing euthanasia would help alleviate suffering of terminally ill patients. It would be inhuman and unfair to make them endure the unbearable pain.
“While concepts such as dignity are defined by social majority, an individual, possessing all the rights of a human being, may perceive a dignified death to be preferable to constant suffering.” According to James Fieser in Euthanasia from Moral Issues that Divide Us and Applied Ethics says “In 1994, voters in Oregon passed a ballot measure legalizing physician assisted dying. Known as the “Death with Dignity Act,” the measure allows for terminally ill patients to acquire through their physician a prescription for a lethal dose of medication, which the patient, and not the physician, would administer him or herself.A person who is terminally ill and is suffering from significant pain may have the right to choose to die as is his right. To deny him this is to deny him his personal autonomy and is an act that is trespassing on his humanity. After that euthanasia was legalized in Washington, Vermont, Montana and California. Since 1994, only 5 states in America has legalized euthanasia. The right to die is protected by the same constitutional safeguards that guarantee such rights as marriage, procreation, and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment.
Euthanasia also saves lives. It sounds shocking but it’s true. According to Dave Anderson’s post on Listland.com, “a 2005 study of euthanasia in the Netherlands found that 0.4% of all euthanasia was done without consent from the patient. By the time this study was done, euthanasia had been legalized in the Netherlands. Now consider another study done in 1991 which was done before euthanasia was legalized which indicated that 0.8% of euthanasia done in the Netherlands was done without the patient’s consent.” After considering these numbers, it shows euthanasia has saved lives of the people of netherlands as doctors first obtain a consent from the pateints before conducting euthanasia. This same framework makes it less grey for those seeking to perform euthanasia with impure or irresponsible intentions. That’s how everybody will be more save and concerned for everything.
Euthanasia elimates suffering from a terminal illness and patients should have the right to choose not to suffer. If euthanasia is the only means of ending suffering, then those suffering have the right to end their suffering by ending their lives. This is the principle of autonomy. Terminally ill patients cannot end their own lives, but it depend on doctors who know best how to do it. Assistence in dying is a logical and reasonable extension to end of life care and involves only an incremental expansion of practices that are legal and seen as ethical.
Euthansia can be carried out humanly and effectively, with the negligible risk of slippery slopes. Many people who argue for euthanasia believed that apart from two options open to patients with terminal illness, that is either they die slowly in unrelieved suffering or they receive euthanasia, there is also a middle way, that of creative and compassionate caring. They say love can cure the incurrable disease and pain. But I dont think its true. I am a person who belives more in science and medical advancement rather than beliving in any miracle and watching somebody die.
According to NY post, the physicians said, With the right safegaurd in place, assisted suicide can help terminally ill patients in the semblance of control over their lives as disease, disability and the medical machine tries to wrest it away from them. They said instead of seeking guidance from ancients eddicts, we need to re-evaluate just what patients face in modern times. They said that if it is a course they personally wouldn’t recommend even then they should consider allowing it for patients suffering delitating disease. How we die has changed tremendously over the past decades- and so must we.
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