This is part 1 of 2 series of articles written on the topic of Euthanasia. The two articles examine the pros and cons of Euthanasia. It will leave you, as readers, to be the judge which is argument is larger and better. Please refrain from bashing or repressing others’ ideas in the process.
1. The Person is in Unbearable Pain:
This is a common argument that is made by those who commit euthanasia acts. Famous cases include Terri Schiavo and Tracey Latimer. Both individuals were in pain and called for drastic actions on the part of husband and father respectively.
2. The Person’s Wishes:
Many individuals wish to be euthanized to prevent a slow and painful death. The question here is whether we have a right to stop them from making their own life and death choices? If the thinking of the decision maker is impaired, many critics argued that euthanizing should not be allowed.
3. Die with Dignity:
This could be the best argument yet. For those arguing for euthanasia, watch someone die a slow and painful death tarnishes their reputation. People are or will be becoming dependent on others and can no longer take care of themselves. Proponents thus argue for euthanasia because it allows them to die with dignity.
4. Quick and Painless:
According to the proponents, Euthanasia makes death quick and painless. Where death may be imminent, euthanasia can prevent a painful and slow death. Why prolong someone’s imminent death is the argument for this case. This is especially the case when people are dying of cancer.
5. Bible References:
Bible does not forbid euthanasia. Samuel1:9-10 states, “Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’ So I killed him.” Christianity according to this phrase does not blast euthanasia.
6. Cut Health Costs/Increase Health Resources:
In most countries there is an absence of health funds. Proponents of Euthanasia argue that hospitals put their resources towards helping those who do not want to be helped or those who cannot be cured. They thus argue that euthanasia can free valuable funds to help people who want to live.
7. Death is not the end of life:
Many proponents also argue that death is not the end to someone’s life. According Hindu traditions, people who die go through several stages of rebirth. Judaism believes that life keeps on living after death. The only problem here is that many religions do not condone suicide.
8. Follow Jesus’ Advice:
“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.“ Many proponents argue for people to put themselves in the shoes of the terminally ill.
9. Voluntary Euthanasia:
To prevent anyone from taking advantage, many just argue for the voluntary euthanasia to be legalized. That means that euthanasia will be dependent on the person`s wishes and only that person`s.
In the 20th century, many fascists tried to clean the world of the mentally ill and the Jewish people. The Nazis, in particular, studied the facial features to determine who lived and who died. They did this because they felt that there were too many people living and leaching off the societies. This is one of the major reasons people are afraid of euthanasia.
Historic Fact: First Nazi Gas Chambers were used on the mentally ill. Zyklon B was also first tried on them before it was used on the Jews, POWs and Gypsys.