Euthanasia, which is also known as mercy killings, has been pronounced legal in many countries in the present-day world. It basically involves terminating the life of a patient so as to relieve pain and suffering, especially if it has become intolerable. This procedure is normally carried out under strict medical supervision, under which the terminating grant must come from the individual patient.
Euthanasia however, has not been embraced by everyone, as some people tend to go against it on the grounds of religion and morality. As much as the euthanasia process painlessly puts a person to death, the responsibility of deciding who dies and who lives should not be left in the doctors’ hands. It is a moral obligation for individuals and the society as a whole to protect human life. When humans take the responsibility of shortening someone’s’ life, that is tantamount to playing divine role, and thus what they do is simply interfere with God’s plan.
Body To start with, the life of human has a great value, and thus should be preserved in all the possible ways regardless of the circumstances. People ought to understand the sanctity of human life, and know that the life of an innocent human being must never be intentionally put to an end. This should apply independent of whether a proposed treatment is going to have any sort of expected worthwhile effect on the quality of life of the patient.
In addition to this, as much as the patients choice is to be valued, sick individuals may not be in a position to make clear decisions on whether to end their life or not. This follows from the fact that the individuals are not rational enough to make justified decisions to the best of their interests, and therefore it would be unfair to terminate the lives of such persons. Moreover, euthanasia discourages efforts to improve on cures and treatments. The improvement in terminal care and other treatments has been as a result of the attempts that have been there to minimize suffering.
If in the past the patient’s suffering were put off by practicing the mercy killings, then there wouldn’t have been any advancement in the control of pain and diseases in general. Euthanasia therefore, might undercut the research efforts which lead to discovery of new treatments. On the other hand medical costs are getting very high, including the costs of medicines and medical tests. It therefore becomes a problem as the families of the patient try to raise bills and cater for the growing expenses, which consequently lead to a terrible financial burden.
The family continues to suffer as they must spend time to care for the special needs of their loved ones, since only minimum care can be given to the terminally ill patients by the nurses. It becomes very difficult for them as they watch their loved ones in a non-improving coma condition. Conclusion All in all, though the terminally ill patients have no chance of recovering, euthanasia should be discouraged by all means since it is an inhuman way of taking away life. It violates the divine law and goes against the today’s societal morals.
Those who practice it ought to know that death is not a solution. They need to realize that everyone has the right to a long life; something that should not be taken away by anybody through any means whatsoever. Shunning away from it will as well provide a chance to medical technology advancement. Works Cited Medina, Loreta M.. Euthanasia. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2005. Print. Nash, Gregory J.. A guide to writing argumentative essays. Milton, Qld. : John Wiley Australia, 2011. Print.