Stop the Suffering - Euthanasia.
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Stop the Suffering No one wants to live in agony, fearing each day, hoping it to be your last. If this is so, why does the law state that if this situation arises, we must carry on, even if there is no hope for us? Does the government have the right to make people suffer? Euthanasia has become a very heated debate. In today's society, there are many disagreements regarding the moral issues of euthanasia. Although death is unavoidable for human beings, suffering before death should be. I believe that not legalising euthanasia would be an outrage, and would result in human beings like you and I having to undergo unbelievable pain before death. As a doctor I see so many patients unnecessarily suffering before death, and pleading with me to make the pain go.
I didn't think so. Some people could argue that euthanasia is part of a slippery slope, and could lead to involuntary euthanasia, where the patient does not have a say on whether their life is to be ended. I however believe that with proper guidelines in place, this should not be a problem. Since euthanasia and assisted suicide take place anyway, isn't it better to legalise them so that they will be practised carefully? Statistics suggest that over 30,000 people in the U.K last year put an end to their life illegally because of incurable suffering. Would you like to be one of those people? Because of current law, these people could not have had a doctor to do this for them painlessly, but probably had to undergo further suffering to finally be put at ease.
The issue may be raised of what happened to the people in comas or a vegative state, where the body and mind are inactive, but the heart still beats. To that I say that the patient is to be given every chance of recovery. In my opinion it is not up to the family to decide the fate of a relative, and should be the choice of the individual. If the person is unable to make a decision, they should be kept alive and cared for as much as possible. Something needs to be done urgently to prevent more people needlessly suffering. The government need to open their eyes, and realise that the law must be changed. I believe that the right to die is as sacred as the right to live and it is unethical to think otherwise. 20/04/2007
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