Kay Gilderdale took matters into her own hands. She decided to give her daughter something she was asking for a long time and that was mercy. Lynn, Kay’s daughter, was diagnosed with ME, a severe form of chronic fatigue syndrome. “Lynn was fourteen when everything changed and the start of it was so mundane” (I helped my daughter die). “From her fifteenth birthday, she was paralyzed from her waist down and could only be fed through a tube” (I helped my daughter die). Lynn’s body was giving up. She didn’t want to live like that anymore. She couldn’t eat, she could barely speak, and if turned slightly wrong her bones would break. “She had osteoporosis with 50% bone loss, ongoing anemia, and she got to the point when she said: I’m too broken. You can’t fix me anymore. She felt her only escape was to die” (I helped my daughter die).
Lynn decided she wanted to commit suicide. But she needed her mother’s assistance. “Kay at first tried to convince her not to do that, but latter on she assisted in Lynn’s suicide” (I helped my daughter die). Kay gave her a massive dose of morphine and she died within a few hours. Now Kay is battling with the courts because it was stated that she murdered her daughter. After so much controversy, in the end, she won the case stating that all she wanted was to fulfill her daughters wishes and let her die with dignity. What would you have done? Would you have assisted in your daughter’s suicide? Or would you have let her suffer a slow painful death? Kay decided to give her daughter Lynn mercy and end her suffering.
So, what exactly is Euthanasia? Euthanasia is the painless killing a person whom is terminally ill, or will suffer a slow painful death. The process following Euthanasia is the following… “According to Liang-Hai Sie, a retired physician, in Euthanasia after an i.v. is placed, an i.v. injection of a local anesthetic Lidocaine is administered, followed by an intravenous injection or infusion of a coma inducing drug…the person falls into a coma then an injection that paralyzes all the muscles including the muscles used to breath is administered, so the breathing stops and the person dies shortly after the injection.” People argue against it and some people favor for Euthanasia to be legal in all states. But if you will suffer a slow painful death, should have the right to be able to make a decision whether to live or die.
The problem with legalizing euthanasia is that some people find this technique unethical, unnecessary, and believe there are other alternatives with advanced medical research. Unethical because, “The Hippocratic Oath states I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest such counsel…The International Code of Medical Ethics  as originally adopted by the World Medical Association in 1949, in response to the Nazi Holocaust, declares a doctor must always bear in mind the obligation of preserving human life from the time of conception until death” (CMF). Administering a fatal dose to a patient would be considered unethical and viewed like murder. “Voluntary Euthanasia makes the doctor the most dangerous man in the state” (CMF)
Some people argue its unnecessary because with medical advances there might be more ways to ease a person’s suffering. “Meticulous research in Palliative medicine has in recent years shown that virtually all unpleasant symptoms experienced in the process of terminal illness can be either relieved or substantially alleviated with techniques already available” (CMF). There are also other alternatives like hospice care and hospice home care. “Hospices and hospice-home care support are seen as viable alternatives to Euthanasia”. “Those who want to die but don’t have a terminal illness, are usually lonely or depressed” (Alternatives to Euthanasia). In a hospice facility or hospice care home a person may choose to get care in a nursing home or at home. What the medical staff will provide, is the most comfortable environment for the terminally ill person. Most of the care provided is usually provided by a nursing assistant or a hospice nurse.
It is also argued that Euthanasia goes against some religious beliefs. “Many faith groups within Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other religions sincerely believe that god gives life and therefore only god should take it away” (Ethical Aspects of PAS). Many faith groups believe that human suffering for a terminally ill person can be good. “For them, suffering can be “a divinely appointed opportunity for learning or purification” (Ethical Aspects of PAS). Not all religions have that belief and the ones that do don’t usually follow up with the action of suffering all the way. Others state that if you don’t choose Euthanasia that it will buy you some time to say goodbye. It will also give you time to overview your life and what you accomplished. In some cases.
Now let’s overview why euthanasia should be legal in all states and why. Euthanasia should be at reach to every terminal ill person or dying person. This will end future suffering and bring peace for family members. Let’s discuss one of the many considerable reasons euthanasia should be legal. According to a debate, “59 percent say yes and 41 percent say no” (debate.org). This means many people already support for this law be passed and it should be considered.
Euthanasia will quickly and humanely end a patient’s suffering, allowing them to die with dignity. Suppose you are a patient that is in a vegetable state. You can’t talk you can’t move. You are being fed through a g- tube and all you can do is look and listen. In a nursing facility, there can be neglect and you might not even get a shower for weeks. Your teeth may not be washed for prolonged periods of time and your teeth will start to rot at a swift pace. Your nails might not be cut and dirt will start to collect under them causing a fungus to activate. Since you will be bedridden deep and painful sores will start to develop. But hey, you will be alive and will be able to witness all this. This wouldn’t be the case if in advance you could have been able to sign a form with an authorization to euthanasia. Because living like this is not really living at all.
Another advantage euthanasia can have by having it legalized in all states, is that by having that option open to more people, it could save them lots of money. Even though they are going to die that money they spent on all that medical care could be spent on funeral arrangements and leaving their family in less debt. “The cost of drugs for assisted suicide is a mere $35.00.” “The cost of proper health care is 35,000-40,000” (Economic Aspects of Euthanasia). Unlike to the believe that doctors will have more power and might kill you, that’s not the case. You will absolutely sign a paper giving consent or not to have euthanasia given to you.
Another brilliant benefit to euthanasia is that instead of focusing on terminally ill patients, medical care can be focusing on those people whom are not that sick. “The medical care being given to terminally ill patients can now be focused on patients who are showing improvement” (Economic Benefits of Euthanasia). That will also mean more available beds at the hospitals. “Low budget in the health care industry and the current economic climate will force many hospitals to make budget cuts, leading to less funding for hospital beds and nursing staff” (Economic Benefits of Euthanasia). Since there are budget cuts in hospitals as well as nursing staff this will give more room for people that have a better chance at life.
Legalizing Euthanasia is humane and by not giving it to someone that is suffering is cruel. Looking at the case of Marie Fleming. She is suffering with multiple sclerosis making her life a painful agony. She requested the court of Ireland for suicide, but was indeed rejected. Now her partner tom must watch her suffer in an imaginable painful agony and he cannot do anything about it. If he helped her to commit suicide he could be facing up to 14 years in prison. This is human cruelty. And cruelty to her partner Tom as well.
If an animal can be put down why shouldn’t a human be able to have that choice also? We see an animal that has a terminal disease, we see that he is suffering, take him to the vet and put him to sleep. But when we see a human with a terminal disease we let them suffer? That doesn’t make sense. We can have a human suffering agonizing pain and watch them suffer, but we can’t see an animal suffer that same amount of pain because it is wrong. Also, we as humans go put down an animal that is old to sleep, why shouldn’t we have that choice for our elders that requested. If they want it they should get it. For it is their final wish after all.
We should all support the wishes of the dying. And support their right to die with dignity. A humane choice would be to let those whom are suffering choose to end their life if they wanted it to. “If we do not address these issues openly and head- on, we will have continued uncertainty and unregulated practice of euthanasia or assisted suicide with the fear of persecution hanging over the heads of all concerned” (Chand 2009). According to Kailash Chand a person whom is considering euthanasia or physician assisted suicide shall have these characteristics, the patient must be terminally ill, the patient must be an adult, the patient must be mentally competent, the patient must be in severe pain, and two independent physicians must be satisfied that the above conditions are present.
A final example of why we should make euthanasia legal is by looking at the case of Glen and her disabled children. Glen gave birth to Janet and Jeffrey they were perfectly normal children up to the age of four. That’s when glen started noticing that something was wrong with her children. They were showing signs of them being unreactive and that worried her. Glen decided to take Janet and Jeffrey to the hospital to see if anything was wrong. Indeed, there was something wrong. Janet and Jeffrey were suffering from a severe form of mental retardation. And it was just going to get worse with time. And as time went by they became difficult of take care of and they got to the point where they no longer were able to talk or walk. If it wasn’t for their feeding tube they would be dead. And that’s what Glen argues. She would like for her children to be able to have access to euthanasia. Why? Because she considers her children state of life not a life at all. She should have the right to provide that for her children. If she gave them life she should be able to take it away.
In conclusion, there are a few ways to help give our opinions about legalizing euthanasia. We can vote to pass the law of proposition 161. “Proposition 161, the ballot initiative that would allow the terminally ill to choose doctor assisted suicide, has energized a growing national debate among ethicists and religious leaders over the morality of euthanasia” (Federal Register of Legislation). You can vote for that law or you can go on strike. And give reasonable reasons why this law should be passed. Many might disagree that is almost half the people that have previously voted and they having their own reason being it unethical, unmoral, or its murder. To the other half its an act of mercy. If we don’t have the right to decide about our life then whose life is it anyway?
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