Euthanasia- Having the Right to Die
By W.C.

July 20, 2007
It is no other than a beautiful sunny morning, returning home from a pleasant jog around the park. You breathe in the fresh, revitalizing air around you, but something about today makes you feel overly content, as if today is going to be one of the most fulfilling days ever. There is no doubt in your mind that you feel pleased about yourself. But in a matter of moments, you feel an arbitrary twitching in your hands. You think nothing of it as it proceeds to becoming tightness within the arms, pain within the neck and lower back over time. You are a concerned individual like any other person and set an appointment with a specialist. You are told the news; you are diagnosed with ALS and have 2-5 years to live, a story like Sue Rodriguez’s, who soon becomes aware that Euthanasia is the way that she would like to end her life.

Euthanasia is known to be one of the most controversial topics to this date where there have been many debates over whether it should be categorized as legal or criminalization. Firstly, Euthanasia is described as a way in which a person’s life can come to an end in a manner of reducing suffering by creating a painless or lowering the amount of pain of death due to an illness. It is far more difficult to comprehend that ones life is soon to come to an end, but to dismiss that idea for a moment, for a person who is going through so much trauma I believe it should be their utmost right to die in a way where they can experience the least amount of pain.

For many ALS patients like Sue Rodriguez, understanding the intricacy of the disease is very depressing. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis where eventually the brain begins to lose its ability to send messages to its muscles where they weaken over time.Towards an extensive time period with this disease the brain loses its ability altogether and can no longer control its muscles. The body usually shuts down ending in an agonizing death of choking slowly. I’m sure no one can live up to that day where choking with the collapsing of your throat will be the way you die. Like many others Sue Rodriguez felt that she could not undergo such virulent agony for Euthanasia would be an easier way to die.

It all streams down to one question Sue Rodriguez brought up numerously during her fights to legalize Euthanasia in the Supreme Court of Canada, “Who owns my life?” I obviously answer back that it is the individual him or herself that owns their life but why is it decided by a higher authority that an individual can’t do something to their self like Euthanasia. Why was Sue brought to believe that she was no longer in control of her life as she couldn’t die the way she wanted? How does that in any terms seem just! It is our utmost decision as individuals of how we shall like to die. The higher authority like the Supreme Court of Canada has to realize how difficult it is for the person who is soon to suffer excruciating pain that they would rather result to doctor assisted suicide. They need to realize that although Euthanasia can be considered a sin in some faiths, how some find this act to be morally unacceptable, and how doctors may use this as an excuse for killing someone, we can overcome these barriers through many different ways for no reason is legitimate enough to not legalize Euthanasia from my perspective. For those who follow a faith that considers doctor assisted suicide or suicide in general as a sin, can have the choice of not limiting themselves to that specific way of dying but rather dying in a manner which seems religiously correct to them. For those who find Euthanasia morally unacceptable I find that reason beyond all reasons to be beyond objectionable! How can a person define Euthanasia to be morally unacceptable without truly understanding that a person cannot bring their mind to a state in accepting that soon they will suffer intolerable pain? To me what really seems morally unacceptable is a person who believes Euthanasia is morally unacceptable. Finally, for the many reasons where people suggest that doctor assisted suicide can be used as an excuse to murder someone I feel that that is definitely a perfectly legitimate argument. But we can surely work around this reason for we can ask the patient time before where their mind is mentally stable to make this decision to be recorded on video tape with witnesses. The patient could sign papers ahead of time when he or she would be physically able to before hand as well. During the time of the patients’ death through doctor assisted suicide, the documents, witnesses, and recording of the procedure should be made to ensure proof that the patient chose Euthanasia as a way to die.

A person’s life can be pushed completely into a different direction in a matter of moments. Sue sadly had to realize that in a matter of a few years, she would die. If such devastating news can be apparent in such short time, I believe that that person should not worry themselves of how painful the death would be but rather how to spend their last few years on Earth to be enjoyable and fulfilling. For those people need to be reassured that in time no pain or only minimal pain will be apparent during the time of their death and they will not suffer unbearable pain. I ask you to no longer spread the word of Euthanasia to be a sin, a morally unacceptable act, or an excuse for murder, but rather spread the word of how individuals, who choose Euthanasia, choose such an honourable way to die.

This article has been expressed through the perspective of one individual trooper.


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