Euthanasia Should Be Legal

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Submitted: June 14, 2018

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Euthanasia Should Be Legal 


On the day you were born, did you plan to kill yourself? No, you didn’t, why would you and you haven’t lived your life yet. You haven’t made your first steps, say your first words, and went to your first day of school. People are getting to the euthanasia thought for specific reasons. Painful illness, stress and a traumatic event might have occurred in their life that has left them terminally-ill. The feeling of being a burden pushes patient to the use of euthanasia. For instance, 14-year-old Jerika has spinal muscular atrophy (Type 2). Which causes chronic muscle weakness and mobility issues. She uses a motorized wheelchair to help her get around and a respirator to help her breathe. She can move parts of her face and her hands. Her body can’t function on its own without technological advancements or drugs. She decided that she wants to die. “There is no doubt they’ve turned over every stone and tried every treatment to make things better for her, but we really haven’t been able to help her pain,” stated by Kari Stampfli, director of the pediatric palliative care program for UW Health in Madison. As humans you have the right to choose what happens to your body and life. Euthanasia should be legal because you should have the option to cast yourself out of misery and pain.

    People should have the right to die, especially if they are terminally ill, their condition has no cure and a machine is manipulating the main functions of the human body for you. At least 95% of terminally ill patients think about committing suicide on their own because euthanasia is against the law in most states. Dying alone is not a memorable moment that you would want to remember. Having the right to take your own life gains the independence for someone. They can leave their trouble and pain behind them. For example, Jerika asked for one last dance before she goes through euthanasia. This party gave her the opportunity to enjoy herself with her family members on her last days on earth. The family agreed with her decision to kill herself out of love and respect for Jerika. Therefore, the patients try to fulfill their last wishes before they part ways.

Euthanasia saves the ill from suffering any longer. This process is assisted by a train professionally in the field of euthanasia. It also provides the patient with the death they wish for. For instance, a patient by the name of Sandy Briden was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her abdomen. During that year she was offered the job of her dreams. Due to an August scanning in 2015, she was immediately put in palliative care. " I opted for palliative chemotheray with the understanding that it would not save my life- I knew it may not have any effect and at best may just hold the tumors back.In that moment she decided she didn’t want to suffer any more.

Mainly because her family was suffering to. They were always at the doctor appointments and she wasn’t getting any better. The concern was becoming a handful. Going through euthanasia she would be leaving a daughter, son, husband, son in law and two grandchildren. “Watching them as they worry about me continuously became unbearable.”     By using euthanasia, it would prepare the family for her death and she would die with dignity and peace. Therefore, euthanasia is a wise option for patients and their family.

The law shouldn’t dictate how you die. In the United States alone, approximately 44,965 commit suicides every year. They either used poison or hang and suffocate themselves. The rate is going up because 39 out of 50 states have prohibited the use of euthanasia. Terminally ill patients are waiting until their body gives up on them. Months in critical conditions and invasive surgeries pushes the patients to euthanasia. Due to the persons condition the law should over ride the law stating, “assisting suicide is a felony.” Many patients are going through horrible and painful deaths.  For example, Danny Bond was born with an infection in his bowel lining. They learned what the problem was when he was 11 years old. Because of his illness, Bond never spent more than a few months outside of the hospital. During his 20 years, he endured over 300 surgeries and suffered almost every day. By the time he was 13, he started talking about wanting to die. He tried to commit suicide twice on his own, but his mother revived him each time. When he was 21, He was getting sicker and was put in the hospital. This time, he decided that he wasn’t going to leave. His life had just become too much. He realized the only legal way he could kill himself while in the hospital was to starve to death. Against the wishes of doctors, his mother and stepfather, they watched him die slowly over a course of days. Bond died at the age of 21 in July 2002. Because of euthanasia being illegal, Bond died a slow and horrible death.


Therefore, there is always another way to solve a problem. In this case euthanasia doesn’t have to be an option.In most countries assisting someone with death is a homicide. Even if you have to persons consent or not it’s consider murder. You can be sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for killing a human being. But, if the patient gives you verbal or written permission in the right state of mind it is not murder. Living off a machine doesn’t make any sense. You’re not able to live and do normal things in life. Such as, going to the bathroom, eating, showering and even combing your hair. What is the point if you can’t do it on your own and suffer every day.

Euthanasia is never necessary because of palliative care. Palliative care specializes in medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a terminal diagnosis. Also, improving the quality of life for both patient and the family.

Palliative care controls the mental part of the suffering, but not the physical part. According to Sandy Briden, “I opted for palliative chemotherapy with the understanding that it would not save my life - I knew it may not have any effect and at best may just hold the tumors back.”  The patient knows that they are no longer capable of human living which makes them suffer more.  Terminally ill patient Brittany Maynard was 29, when she found out she was going to die. In April 2014, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that would kill her in six months. It was incurable. She could have prolonged her life through full radiation treatment, but she would die painfully while all her loved ones watched her deteriorate. Looking at the possibilities of a slow death consist with tremendous headaches, seizures and memory loss. She chose to move from California to Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.

Funded by donations, Brittany was able to check all the items off her bucket list, which included visiting Alaska and Yellowstone National Park. Before her death on November 1, two days after her husband’s birthday she said, “If I’m not getting any better, so when exactly is the right time to die?” Euthanasia gave Mrs. Maynard the pain free death that she wanted for herself and family members.

To conclude, people should have the right of when and how they die. A terminally ill patient doesn't wake up and decided they want to carry a burden for the rest of their life. Constantly in pain and most patients depends on machinery to uphold the tasks of a human body. They became ill by genetic DNA, a sugery gone wrong, or a tragic accident or incident. Up to this day people continuously judged the euthanasia process saying, "It's suicide and your degrading human rights." Waiting to die and seeing your family mourning for you is not eas. In some cases, dying a slow death entails severe headaches, seizures, back pain, respiratory inflammation, and even losing your memory. The process of euthansia gives the option of a pain free death and a timely one for your family members to be prepare for your passing, You will die peaceful knowing that you wouldnt have to endure excruciating pain and your loved ones wouldn't suffer any longer. It should be legal because it is saving someone's self-worth and their human characteristics of choice.


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