Modern world is full of sufferings and pain, making life intolerable, stealing the sense of joy and encouraging death. Even the rapid medicinal development does not give the possibility to save lives or cure the pain. Since the 17th century, euthanasia has been a subject of much controversy in societies, cultures, and religions, allowing patients to take a needle to end their suffering in a relaxing manor. In the case of voluntary euthanasia, I support it, focusing on the rights of the patient, the doctor’s duties, and the point of views of the caregivers. Firstly, every patient has a right to die and they should be permitted to die with dignity.
A patient diagnosed with an incurable disease, is typically destined to terminal suffering and a loss of dignity. Their unendurable pain however, could be avoided by simply, and painlessly, allowing them to choose to “fall asleep” in a relaxing manor. However, from a religious point of view, it is deemed unnecessary, specifically in the catholic church, as one should not interfere with the process of death, as suffering happens for a reason. Pursuing this further, one’s living wills must always be taken into account.
A living will is a written statement detailing a person’s desires regarding their medical treatment in circumstances in which they are no longer able to express informed consent. To further this point, the powerful living will of a man in Bucks County, represents his ability to die with dignity and respect. This man was diagnosed with an incurable disease, and would not allow a feeding tube, no matter the persistence of his wife as his living will clearly stated that he did “not want tube feeding or any other artificial invasive form of nutrition”. Though living wills are generally clearly stated, they can be challenging to understand if they are too general, making doctors unsure of a patients requests.Lastly, not only do doctors demonstrate the virtue of respect towards patients and caregivers by honouring their wishes, they are honouring their obligation. In the case of voluntary euthanasia, the patient frees up more space in palliative care.
Some, however, see this as a warning. Believing that the elderly are “too difficult to take care of.” But, in reality, not only are more beds freed, but caregivers are prevented from suffering from the burden of large medical bills.
In years to come, it is predicted that this country, could potentially save up to $139 million per year as these patients may “forego this resource-intensive period”. Euthanasia remains a controversial topic of discussion in culture, religions, and societies. Maybe patients should not tamper with God’s plan, or maybe this is the only humane way to end suffering. Still, I believe that there are substantial reasons, such as the rights of a patient, doctors, and caregivers that represent why a patient may want to consider being euthanized. Still, as everyone has their own point of view, euthanasia will remain a controversial subject.