16 October 2011
Euthanasia is an Option
What happens when a patient has an incurable illness and decides euthanasia is an option? Would you do it if the patient were a relative? When people talk about euthanasia, it’s usually looked at it as murder or a crime. This is easy for most people because most have not been faced with an incurable illness. People, who have experienced this, may agree that euthanasia is the best option for a patient and the family because it is less suffering for a patient, less suffering for patients loved ones, and is also more economical for everyone.
There are people who are against euthanasia because they consider euthanasia could be a murder. But euthanasia is a good option, the shortest way to die when you know that you are going to die. Also people may think that having the option to take your own or someone else’s life is playing God but if that is true, then are doctors that are saving people’s lives, playing God as well? The last opposition that is arguable is the “what if” factor. Most people in the back of their heads want to think about the best possible outcome, thus coming to the “what if” this person is miraculously cured or the disease disappears? All very important things to consider against euthanasia but, people with incurable diseases should still have the right to choose.
The first reason that euthanasia can be an option is to remove the suffering. If a patient is suffering from an incurable illness and has the opportunity to decide if euthanasia is the right option, the family should respect his or her decision. Many patients, who would look at this option, are suffering from illnesses like cancer or paralysis that are very painful and traumatic. Sometimes when there is not a cure, it can be better to practice euthanasia.
Another important reason for which euthanasia is an option is it also reduces the family's sufferance. If a patient decides for euthanasia,...