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Everyone has the right to an easy death.

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Everyone has the right to an easy death. We have the choice of what to do with our lives, be it making simple everyday decisions to life changing ones. Therefore, shouldn't we have the choice of when and how to end our lives? Who wants to live in pain and terror? No one. Therefore why should we put people who want to die through the pain of living, when we can ease them of it by ending their lives? We have the ability of giving people the choice of having an easy death over a difficult and painful death. If patients consent, we should do all we can to help them. One of the arguments against euthanasia is that any form of suicide is devastating for the people left behind who love the person who has decided that his or her life is no longer worth living: it is especially damaging for children. ...read more.

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Why is life regarded as so much more sacred than death? Surely we should regard death as being as sacred as life, because it is an integral and inevitable part of it. It is curious that the rich western countries with the facilities to do so, do not respond to the murder on a grand scale that carries on around the world. What happens in an African country when civil war, perhaps with genocidal implications, blows up - Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or either of the Congos? We extract our own westerners, and then leave them to it, as if we did not care about the loss of human life, because it is only white skins that we have to worry about. ...read more.

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At the moment money is being spent on patients who have lived a happy life and no longer have the will to live, which could be put to better use, helping the people who want to stay in this world. I am not advocating the use of euthanasia for 'culling' those who are no longer productive. However, there are in western developed countries a lot of old people who really feel that they have lived quite long enough, for whom life holds very little, and who would prefer to be out of this life. It would be foolish for a society wishing to enhance the stability of the whole globe to say that we have to carry on doing everything possible, using up the world's resources, on people who don't want to continue to exist. Mandy Yau 12 JMO 01/05/2007 ...read more.

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