Does an individual on his deathbed not have the right to die with dignity and no pain? Is putting that individual out if his misery not morally right? Is trying to stop ones suffering not morally wrong? Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) is legal in Oregon and Washington State in the US.
Death is a personal situation and decision in life. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have the power to save lives and by the government interfering and not legalizing it they are interfering and violating patient’s personal freedom and human rights. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should become legal for patients; however, there should be strict rules and guidelines to follow. If suicide isn’t a crime why should euthanasia and assisted suicide?
Due to euthanasia being illegal in this country, there is added controversy. Determined euthanasia candidates are willing to go to court to and earn the right to die by euthanasia. For example the case of Mrs B in which she is paralysed and fought in the courts to be allowed to withhold treatment and die. ' I do not make this decision lightly or uninformedâ€¦ I do understand what it is about.' This quote exemplifies the passion euthanasia candidate have to be 'relieved' Euthanasia is the act of taking a life in order to relieve suffering.
Involuntary euthanasia ends a patients life without their consent. Despite the fear of involuntary euthanasia becoming legal and ethical beliefs, voluntary euthanasia should be made legal as long as the person has the voice left to choose to end their life. Voluntary euthanasia is currently legal in states such as Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Australia is fighting to have voluntary euthanasia legalized.
However one’s view may be on the subject, I for one completely support the practice of assisted suicide. I see nothing wrong with having an option of putting someone out of their misery when they are in so much pain. Regardless, this is such a controversial topic people can’t seem to agree on. For others to choose their standing point on this topic, history must be analyzed to better understand why euthanasia is controversial. According to the history books, euthanasia is a procedure that has been with us since the times before the Common Era.
And the final and most topical question is should euthanasia be legalized? One of the issues that should be given special attention, when discussing euthanasia is the ethical question. Is euthanasia ethical? Even though it is very disputable issue one thing is clear – euthanasia can be ethical only under very specific circumstances. Derek Humphry, the founder of the Hemlock Society and the author of several books on euthanasia, including Jean's Way, Final Exit, and Dying with Dignity, thinks that suicide and therefore certain form of euthanasia can be justified.
Oregon was the first to pass a law allowing PAS (Oregon Death with Dignity Act 1994), cautiously establishing a rigid line of protocol that must be followed before anyone goes through with suicide... ... middle of paper ... ...to PAS will always butt heads with those who find it to be unnecessary. It’s hard to say if anything will change, for each side has very valid arguments and strong points that will cause the debate of assisted suicide to persist for a long, long time. Works Cited Griswold, Ann. “Counterpoint: Euthanasia Should Be Banned.” Points Of View: Euthanasia (2013): 3. Points of View Reference Center.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions about euthanasia/assisted suicide, which can be seen with only three states making it legal in the U.S but many other countries legalizing it. My opinion is that euthanasia should be legal because people should have the right to die and because letting people suffer is more unethical than the usage of euthanasia. No matter what other’s position may be, it is always important to evaluate the arguments for each side before taking a stance on the issue.
Over thirty states have enacted statutes prohibiting assisted suicide, and of those that do not have statutes, a number of them arguably prohibit it through common law. Currently, Oregon is the only state that has legalized assisted suicide. The Oregon statute, which came into e... ... middle of paper ... ... a crime with the risk of the loss of license or even imprisonment. The only sure way that people will stop suffering and be allowed to die peacefully because of their own decision is if assisted suicide becomes legal in the United States. Bibliography: The New England Journal of Medicine -- February 1, 1996 -- Vol.