Posted on 13 October 2011.
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.