Formal Writing – Euthanasia

Text Idea: The discussion of euthanasia. Why should it be illegal?

Text Type: Formal Writing

Purpose: To inform the reader how euthanasia and how it could be a good option for some people suffering through terminal illnesses.

Title: Euthanasia

Euthanasia

Euthanasia is a subject typically avoided by most people. It is a subject known to have two very distinct sides. Euthanasia is the termination of a very sick person’s life in order to relieve them of their suffering. Many argue that we do possess the right to end our own lives, however watching loved ones suffer is distressing and dying by choice is a very personal decision. Consider yourself diagnosed with a terminal illness, possibly painfully suffering towards the end of your life, this would be a source of distress the people closest to you while making you miserable. Who would want to put their loved ones and themselves through that? Why allow the pain to continue? Life is meant to be enjoyable, not something that must go on even if it brings the worst pain to you and those closest to you. Why do we prolong the suffering of those who can not get better?

Death and euthanasia should not be compared. Death is inevitable, not a choice when someone is terminally ill. Euthanasia is a choice some may opt to take, to end the pain. Those that would consider euthanasia want to end the suffering. They would rather die peacefully rather than have another few tragic days unable to properly live life. Is it not rather selfish of us to deny someone peace while we watch them in agony? These people will not get relief from this pain they are put through.

The majority of arguments are opposed to euthanasia, they claim that humans do not have the right to end another human life. It is often said that it eliminates the chance for an individual to recover, shortening their life. However acts of man kill thousands of animals each day, ranging from unconsidered slaughter to forceful euthanasia. Generally those patients that would consider euthanasia want to end the suffering caused by a fatal terminal illness. All evident points are inferred towards death, it is not possible for the ill patient to simply recover. Countries that euthanasia is legal in have strict requirements and rules regarding the patients’ physical wellbeing and state of mind for if the patient requests euthanasia. It would not be possible for someone with the flu to be euthanised, only those who have no chance of recovery. It is often argued that patients being euthanised could have gone on to live for another year or so. This is not likely the case as in 1991, a Dutch report on euthanasia showed that 86 percent of cases, euthanasia only shortened lives by a maximum of a week, often only a few hours. This shows that euthanasia would not be a legal suicide, but an escape from unbearable agony for patients instead of enduring this pain for another few days.

We are all individuals, our decision to control our own death is a very personal. Why should people be forced to suffer through the most painful and miserable parts of their life? Your own death should not be determined by the government. Terminally ill patients are being stripped away from their freedom of choice, just to extend their life by a possible few days. What I believe is that your life is your own, from the day you were born to the day you pass on. You are the person who could be in critical condition, simply holding up while the agony deteriorates. Why prolong the life of one in agony who recognises their perishability and consents to be euthanised? This suffering is not only affecting the patient but their family and friends as well. There is nothing they can do but watch their loved one slowly deteriorate. It is common for people to suffer from pain towards the end of their lives. However in extreme cases patients should be allowed to request euthanasia. The majority of us in this position would prefer to end the pain, however, this is hard to do ourselves. Instead, we must agonise until such time as we pass.

Watching someone you love, sick beyond help is traumatic. At the point when individuals consider euthanasia they only appraise the torment and wellbeing of the patient. However, the friends and families of those suffering are affected as well. Recently Lecretia Seales a brain cancer patient has been in the news. She wanted to be able to choose to die at a time and manner of her own choosing, with the assistance of a physician. Euthanasia would have eased the suffering of family member’s. Lecretia’s brain cancer growth was unpredictable, there was a large risk she would suffer before she died under conditions unbearable to her. She had a condition which prevented her ability to live at home and took away her quality of life. Instead of been heavily medicated, continuing to rapidly decline in health she wanted to be granted the choice to be euthanised in her own home surrounded her family. Her family would not have to witness her decline, suffer with her through her pain. In their mind’s they would always be able to see her as a brave, strong woman. Shown in a recent case study the average percent of terminally ill patients, who will die in pain is 55%. Would you like these odds if it was you or a loved one in the same situation?Euthanasia D right or wrong answer, it is strongly opinionated, a topic which should be fully discussed. It should be seen as a symbol of choice rather than a legal suicide, we should honour their last choice to end the incurable pain. After all, we claim the entitlement to end an animal’s life without the slightest hesitation. Why do we abstain from the thought of giving individuals at death’s door a simpler passing, relieving them from the pain and suffering surrounded by friends and family? We all realise that diminishing in agony is something very real for some individuals, why are we extending this torment?

Euthanasia does not have a right or wrong answer, it is purely based on individual opinion, a topic which should be fully discussed. It should be seen as a symbol of choice rather than a legal suicide, we should honour their last choice to end the incurable pain. After all, we claim the entitlement to end an animal’s life without the slightest hesitation. Why do we abstain from the thought of giving individuals at death’s door a simpler passing, relieving them from the pain and suffering surrounded by friends and family? We all realise that diminishing in agony is something very real for some individuals, why are we extending this torment?

Bibliography

http://listverse.com/2013/09/12/10-arguments-for-legalising-euthanasia/

http://www.statisticbrain.com/euthanasia-statistics/

http://lecretia.org

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