The Medical Care That People Deserve

The populations who want to keep euthanasia illegal don’t truly understand the pain and suffering that these people are going to. It is hard to put yourself in these people’s shoes and to understand what it really feels like to view death as your one and only option to be happy. One argument that I keep stumbling upon is that people who turn towards euthanasia are confusing their desire to end pain and suffering with a desire to actually die. The argument is that they aren’t being treated fully for their pain and should resort any and all methods to reduce their pain to an amount that can be dealt with on a daily basis. To believe that people turning to euthanasia haven’t already exhausted all of their options is just stubborn. Euthanasia is one hundred and ten percent people’s last option. Choosing to end your own life due pain and suffering that is never ending is not something that people come upon lightly. Before looking to euthanasia as their only way out of the pain and misery they are feeling they do everything humanly possibly to end it using medicine. But, when the medicine to stop their pain fails they must turn to medicine for help in a different way.

Additionally, with this argument people believe that if euthanasia is legal then people will be less likely to seek medical help to end their pain and suffering and will just resort to euthanasia. This idea is extremely immature belief. People don’t turn to death without second-guessing it or giving it years of consideration. Specialized medical care for people with serious illness, also known as palliative care, will not be effected at all if euthanasia is legalized. This is because people with these illnesses will try every other method to ease their pain before resorting to euthanasia. For patients who turn to euthanasia there is absolutely nothing more they can try. They can no longer lie the life they are living because medicine keeps failing them time and time again. It is time that medicine gives people what they truly want and truly need.

Read more about this specific argument here.

Make America Great Again?

Although there is certainly some shock and discouragement in the new presidency results, a new president means new actions, a new mindset, and new laws. Donald Trump has not completely dived into his full opinion on euthanasia but in a brief statement, he was asked, Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? His answer was: Yes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice.

This is amazing news for the future of legalizing euthanasia and we hope that this could also aid the prop106 in the efforts for justice of terminally ill patients.

Donald Trump

Let’s Be Honest Here…

Think about all the things people do on a daily basis that is illegal but done anyway. For example, speeding on the highway, we all rush sometimes, its illegal but its done by probably the majority of you all reading. An even better example is a more highly controversial topic, buying and smoking marijuana. It is legal in a few state but it is prevalent in almost every. Euthanasia can be seen as a similar situation as it is only legal in 5 of the 50 states, but even law abiding citizens such as doctors and patients commit illegal actions in order to do what is truly best in the given situation.

So the main argument here is very pragmatic in the sense that it is already such a widespread practice, thereforCriminal_1.jpge, in regulating it properly it will not only give justice to the terminally ill but more important it will stop inflicting the label of criminals upon them and their doctors. Often doctors believe that it is their duty to help their patients with whatever they want to do in order to respect their wishes and end their suffering. Often in order to avoid prosecution Doctors need to be extremely careful with their language and actual assistance with the patient. Often doctors will prescribe their terminally ill patients with narcotics, such as pain killers, which in turn allows them to choose to purposely overdose.

This uncomfortable middle-grown can be exemplified through a case of a husband and wife, Hope Arnold and J.D Falk. J.D was diagnosed with stomach cancer and was unable to find a doctor to help him and ultimately was discharged to gobffae311b.jpg home on hospice. Her wife ran into one of his doctors on the way out and he passed her a bottle of liquid morphine and said “you might need it.” Although he
did not take it and passed away a few days later naturally, the article mentions the point of intent. It states “People don’t talk about it, but it happens. Just over 3 percent of U.S. doctors said they have written a prescription for life-ending medication. Almost 5 percent of doctors reported giving a patient a lethal injection. Those practices are undercover. They are covert.” These actions are needed but should not need to be so heavily concealed.

The most important example of this argument, however, revolves around the famous figure of euthanasia, is Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He is a renowned medical pathologist, with the nickname Mr. Death, who had assisted in over 100 terminally ill patients in their death. He created the “Thanatron” which was made up of 3 bottles of fatal drugs. He 70771866_130766612337made headlines soon after as he assisted the suicide of Janet Adkins, through an attached IV out of his Volkswagen van. Kevorkian was prosecuted a total of four times in Michigan and was acquitted in three of the cases, he stated that “he wanted to be imprisoned in order to shed light on the hypocrisy and corruption of society.” He continued his practice and ultimately in 1999 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. After serving 8 years, he was released for good behavior and upon his release he immediately began speaking out about assisted suicide. In June of 2011, Kevorkian died of heart failure, but his legacy most definitely lives on.

Through these examples, it is clear that regardless of its legality, euthanasia is still widely practiced amongst the doctors of all states in America. Instead of convicting these harmless doctors and patients, why not allow them make their own decisions in the public light instead of forcing them to partake in illegal activity for ultimate justice?

Fast Fact!

Did you know that euthanasia can be categorized in 4 types?

Voluntary- When a competent person makes a voluntary and enduring request to be helped to die.

Involuntary- To end a person’s life without their knowledge, will or consent.

Active- To end a person’s life by using drugs, whether by oneself or with the aid of a physician.

Passive- to end a  person life by now taking the necessary and ordinary action to maintain life, like withdrawing water, food etc.

Now you know!

Will Colorado Bite the Dust?

A sixth state is on the rise to legalize euthanasia!

In the Proposition 106, the ballot question would allow terminally ill people to request and self-administer medication to voluntarily end his or her life. If passed, it would amend Colorado law and legalize physician-assisted suicide. Let’s cross our fingers for this large achievement of euthanasia activist groups in Colorado!


Always Look At Both Sides

          As I delve deeper into research on euthanasia I am coming across more reason why people believe that it should stay illegal. I would like to continue to refute these points and further prove why we need to legalize peoples right to choose their own death. I first came across the “slippery slope” argument. This is the idea that once we allow physician assisted suicide it will cross a line that society has created for a reason. Once we cross this line we would be setting a dangerous precedent for the human health. People who believe this argue that it would lead to a unforeseen consequences that would come from allowing people to kill themselves legally. But, not legalizing has lead to horrible consequences that legalizing it would fix. For example, people who are at the point in their illness or disability when they contemplate taking their life want the option to do it in a hospital rather than their own home. If we do not legalize this practice in hospitals, then people will resort to the other option, taking their own life into their own hands and killing themselves in various and dangerous ways. In order for us to monitor this slippery slope and stop people taking their lives unwatched then we need to legalize euthanasia.

            Another argument that has been mentioned by various people is that doctors and nurses would be held responsible for killing a life. This would take a toll on their own mental health because they would consider themselves taking someone else’s life They consider this to be unethical medicine for the person administering the drug.. I understand how people can see this to be true, but doctors are well educated and understand the reasoning behind why a patient would choose euthanasia. They may not full understand because it is not happening to them but they would become sympathetic to the patient and understand that they are actually helping the patient die how they want. Doctors and nurses may be administering the drug but they patient is the one who is making the decision. This is similar to people who administer the drug that kills people on death row. It is a similar understanding that it is not in fact in the person who gives the drug but in the hands of the person who is getting the drug. These two perspectives may seem to be correct, but after thinking and educating yourself on euthanasia you will understand that the “slippery slope” idea and the medical ethical argument is not right.