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.  However it is also devastating for family and friends to watch the person suffer in pain to stay alive.  

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How is it that at the end of the most murderous century in human history, voluntary euthanasia remains illegal? Over 200 million people worldwide have been killed by deliberate human intervention since 1900. That is one eighth of the world’s population in 1900. Yet almost anywhere in the world, people who with good reason want to end their own lives are not permitted to gain any assistance in doing so. How are we valuing human life? Why is life regarded as so much more sacred than death? Surely we should regard death as being as sacred as life, because it ...

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