“Euthanasia: a Horrible Thing or the Solution to Torture?” What is your stand on this?

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A gravely ill man lies in bed awaiting death. He exerts all his energy upon every breath he takes. One of life’s agonies is waiting for it all to be over. Euthanasia, a remedy for this man’s unfortunate situation, could be his solution to happiness. It has been a long disputed act in the United States and Europe. Euthanasia is the practice of painlessly ending the lives of people who have incurable, painful, or distressing diseases or handicaps. Euthanasia is sometimes called ‘mercy killing’. To begin, one aspect of euthanasia’s benefits is the fact that the quality of life when a person is chronically ill tends to be very bad. Euthanasia can end an uncomfortable and painful life. Secondly, euthanasia can save families money on medical bills. The cost of keeping a person alive with an unfortunate fate would be higher than a person who chooses to pass away. Lastly, a person, legally, should have the right to end their life.

Firstly, the issue of quality of life plays a large role in the support of euthanasia. Lying in bed all day can be a form of torture within itself. Bed sores and boredom result from staying in bed, wasting away. Also, illness such as cancerous diseases and other sicknesses decline the quality of life. Of course, pain plays a role in this matter. It’s very difficult to function in everyday life when pain is a constant companion. To most people with any of these problems, in their point of view, value of existence can be low.

Continuing along on this issue, the cost of medical bills and like billing can cost families a lot of money. Health insurance covers an average of 80 percent of medical billing. These insurance companies only provide a certain amount of money for care and then leave it to the immediate family of the person within medical care. When the savings of the patient run out, the money planned to be passed on to spouses and loved ones. Wouldn’t it be less expensive and more practical to take the euthanasia approach to the matter? In my opinion, yes, it would. The cost of flying a person to Europe for euthanasia would be less expensive. But why must they go to Europe”

As a final point, legally, people should be able to make the decision to kill themselves. The United States prohibits the act of suicide and euthanasia. Europe allows it, and the actually have professional organizations such as DIGNITAS® who professionally assist people in doctor assisted suicide. In the United States, abortion is permitted. The phrase used is “my body, my decision”. Shouldn’t that apply to mercy killing also? Everyone has their own opinion, and I have mine.

When an ill person gets ill, should thy have to lie in bed and await death? Should people grasp onto life for as long as possible? The quality of life begins to get worse with pain and suffering, and it costs a lot of money to keep a person alive. The legal aspect of euthanasia is unfair, with abortion being completely legal, and mercy killing forbidden. All I can say is if a person is holding on to a terrible life of pain and discomfort, why should the have to wait and wait to have the torture end”

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