Top 10 Reasons Euthanasia Should be Illegal
In recent decades, there has been much of talk regarding euthanasia, the practice of ending a life in a painless way. One of the greatest controversies surrounding the issue is whether or not it should be legalized. Euthanasia advocates require that euthanasia should be legalized as it helps hopeless patients end their suffering. They believe that people have the right to do whatever they want with their body, even if it means ending their lives to stop pain. But opponents of the practice argue that it should be outlawed. For them, while it seems that euthanasia has good intentions, people still don’t have the right to kill themselves. It is not only against the law, but also sinful in the eyes of our Creator. Apart from this, practicing euthanasia has a lot of undesirable and harmful outcomes. Here, I will give you the reasons why euthanasia should be prohibited worldwide.
10. Euthanasia Is Murder.
Euthanasia, which comes from the Greek word eu thanatos meaning good or dignified death, is the conscious act of ending a life by withholding necessary treatment (passive euthanasia) or performing a procedure that directly and quickly causes death (active euthanasia). Although viewed by some as beneficial, both active and passive euthanasia are considered immoral, sinful, and in the same category as abortion – a murder.
Murder is the act of intentionally taking the life of one person. Opponents of euthanasia, especially Catholics, believe that the practice is wrong because it is murder. Since God is the One who created us, He is also the only One who has the right to take our lives away. In fact, the sixth of the Ten Commandments states “Thou shall not kill.” Therefore, any form of killing – regardless of motives – is not permissible.
The so-called mercy killing or assisted killing is condemned by the Church. Just recently, a Vatican official criticized the death of Brittany Maynard, a cancer sufferer who took her life in November 2014 by assisted suicide. Maynard suffered from a brain tumor and decided to die when her pain became unbearable. Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said in an interview that “This woman took her own life thinking she would die with dignity, but this is the error… Suicide is not a good thing, it is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission In the world and towards those around us.”
9. Euthanasia Gives Too Much Power To Doctors To Kill.
Doctors are empowered by euthanasia. It gives them the opportunity to play God and most doctors, since many now more regard their profession as an occupation and not a passion, will seize this opportunity. This is especially true for those unscrupulous individuals.
Many of us are unaware that a lot of doctors today are taking self-interested shortcuts in order to earn more or make things happen their way. For instance, in case of delivering babies; some doctors coerce their patients in unnecessary caesarian sections on weekdays in order to guarantee an interrupted weekend for themselves. In other medical case, some doctors pressure their patients to undergo a surgery right away in order to finally get rid of the patients. Some do even push their patients to go towards vaccination or take a certain medication, even if it’s unnecessary, just to make more money. Why, then, would they never be tempted to kill someone in the quickest way if it will benefit themselves in the end – like avoiding the troublesome case or eliminating the hassle of dealing with importunate family members?
A perfect example of this would be Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a controversial pathologist, who took advantage of his patients’ agony and murdered them. According to reports, his goals were to popularize assisted suicide, to harvest organs for transplantation, and the most appalling of all, to experiment the sick and injured patients. Kevorkian claimed that he had helped 130 ailing people end their lives. Imagine? But what’s worse about it was that he created a machine for suicide, which was called a “suicide machine,” that allowed sick people dispense a lethal dose of medication to themselves by pressing a button. Later, the lunatic was convicted for second-degree murder, but unfortunately, he was not the only one who practiced this. In Netherlands, where euthanasia is allowed, thousands of people are killed each year “without request or consent.”
Doctors, like any other humans, are lazy, selfish, and weak to temptations. In pressing situations, doctors are likely to commit mistakes and make wrong decisions. Therefore, euthanasia should not be legalized. As Dr. Peter Saunders, a general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, has written: “Voluntary euthanasia makes the doctor the most dangerous (person) in the state.”
8. Euthanasia Destroys Patient Trust In The Medical Profession.
Doctors are the people we turn to when we are sick, weak, and in pain. They are the people who we trust and look to for guidance and advice about our health. We regard them as someone who can cure and save our lives. After all, that’s their primary objective – to save, and do no harm. But what if you have an illness, and you found out that the doctor you trust your life to actually practice euthanasia? Would you still visit him and follow his recommendations? If you will ask me… no.
When I go to the hospital or clinic, I want to make sure that my doctor will do everything that he or she can to keep me alive. I do not want to go to someone who thinks that maybe I would prefer to give up life. Doctors went through extensive training in order to ensure that they can provide safe and high quality healthcare to their patients. They even took an oath to treat their patients in the best of their ability. Their job is to take the pain out of their patients, and not to put their patients out of existence.
Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide will not only give patients a hard time to trust those who are in the medical field, but it will also make them more worried, especially when they go to a hospital with a doctor who is thinking about whether or not to make them alive.
Indeed, euthanasia or assisted suicide destroys trust between the patient and the physician.
7. Euthanasia Undermines Medical Research.
I understand why some people desire to kill themselves. The pain is, sometimes, just too much to the point that it is no longer bearable – that you would rather die than to feel it over and over again. But one thing that many people, especially those who support euthanasia, should realize is that there is a cure to illnesses – no matter how worst they are. Even if some of them are not yet discovered, in time, they will become available. Just think about this: Years ago, we didn’t have medicines, such as pain relievers and antibiotics; we also didn’t have instruments and machines to treat patients. But because of advanced research and great desire of our people to prolong life, we were able to discover them. And now, millions of sick people are getting benefits from them – many are even being saved because of them.
In order to discover more effective medicines and treatments, especially to serious conditions, such as cancer and liver disease, our scientists and inventors should be able to focus more in their studies. The government should also continue funding their research in order to get more effective findings. If the focus changes from treating the illness to killing the patients, the progress that our researchers is making to alleviate pain as well as their motivation to provide treatment for sick patients will be compromised. Rather than doing their best to search for better solutions, they will be discouraged because they know that a quick and painless solution is already available – which is killing. Doctors and other healthcare providers will also be less committed to provide palliative care and save lives because they have a “legal right to kill.”
6. Legalization Of Euthanasia Sends A Message That Life Is Not Worth Living.
Advocates of euthanasia often say that euthanasia is a way to “die with dignity.” But this is wrong. Euthanasia is killing and destroying a life. Accepting what life has brought to us, as well as fighting to the end, no matter how hard or painful the battle is, and waiting for death to come naturally is how you truly die with dignity. Legalizing euthanasia and convincing people that they should kill themselves to end their suffering is like saying that their lives are no longer worthy to be saved – that “it is better for them to be dead than to live.”
Remember, every life here on Earth, including the life of those people with disabilities, injuries, and life-threatening conditions, is valuable. There’s a purpose why all of us are alive today. So ending the life of a suffering person is truly unethical. If you think that ending the life of a suffering person helps them, you’re wrong. It only communicates hopelessness and unworthiness. True compassion means finding ways in order to alleviate pain and ease the suffering, as well as showing love and care to the person. It also means not giving up, no matter how difficult the situation is. And finally, it also means keeping the people you care for alive and protecting them from those who could harm them.
Life is beautiful. If we can only convince those “hopeless patients” that there are so many reasons to live for, they will no longer consider euthanasia.