“Euthanasia Debate”

Alexa Garcia-Del Rio, Staff Writer

Euthanasia is a painless killer mostly giving by doctors when the patient is suffering from a deadly disease and there is no way to cure their disease. Euthanasia is illegal in most parts of the world.

Euthanasia can be classified as voluntary, non-voluntary, and involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is carried out with consent of the patient or their family. Non-voluntary euthanasia is conducted with the patient is not able to agree on the killer due to their current health condition. Involuntary euthanasia is carried out when a person can give consent, yet they do not because in most cases they do not want to die and doctors do it against the patient will. This type of euthanasia can be classified as murder.

There are two types of procedural classifications of euthanasia, passive euthanasia and active euthanasia. Passive euthanasia occurs when doctors stop doing something to keep the patient alive such as, switching off life-support machines, disconnecting a feeding tube, or not giving the patient life-extending drugs. Active euthanasia occurs when a medical professional or person intentionally causes the patient to die.

Euthanasia can be seen as a effective way to alleviate suffering of terminally ill patients. Also, some may argue that euthanasia could help ease the burden on hospitals when they are severely overcrowded and patients have a deadly disease already. People can also argue that euthanasia can help with the financial advantages which means when a person chooses the right to die, it can help end the costs of all the medical treatment the family will have to pay because not everyone can afford to pay for all the extensive medical care.

Several people also want euthanasia to be outlawed. Many argue that euthanasia is considered murder. Also, people say that many patients do not have the mental capability to make such a large decision because many terminally illnesses affect the mind and make it hard for them to think clearly. Religious people also believe in miracles and oppose euthanasia strongly because they state that miracles happen everyday and no one should have the right to have the decision to end the life of other human being. Even being in the most horrible situation one may be able to pull out of it miraculously and live life completely.

I personally think euthanasia can be a effective way to end the suffering of a human being that really as no chance of living. Yet, I do also believe no one should have the right to have the decision to end your life. If mental capability is a problem I believe doctors should run test on them to see if they are mentally able to make their own decisions, and if they decide they want to end their life and they should be able too. My final decision is that euthanasia should be legal for people that are terminally ill.