Pain Argument: Why Suffer?

The argument of human rights and making our own decisions is extremely powerful in legalizing euthanasia. Yet on an even more practical level, why should someone suffer for nothing? Any individual would never want to experience extreme amounts of pain everyday, all day, therefore, why should someone who can not control this pain nor their fate have to endure that? The stereotypical idea of passing away is in a calm and peaceful environment surrounded by close friends and family. But in the world of a terminally ill patient, that is certainly not the case. Experiencing unbearable pain everyday with no hope of survival or “light at the end of the tunnel” only makes the slow process of dying more painful and unendurable for the this person.

Many could refute that these patients can merely take pain cropped-image.jpgkilling medication to help endure the pain, but many of these case are incurable or so far gone that no amount of medicine can numb the pain of their ultimate death. An example for the consequences of the inability to utilize physician- assisted suicide, is through a locked-in syndrome victim named Tony Nicklinson. After a massive stroke, Tony became completely paralyzed that brought on his locked-in syndrome which essentially means he can only control the muscles in his eyes. He evidently described his life as “pure torture” and a “living nightmare” which could continue for another 20 years or more.” Yet, the court ruled against his request for euthanasia, which in turn allowed him to take matters into his own hands. He began starving himself in efforts to die and stated that “I am saddened that the law wants to condemn me to a life of increasing indignity and misery.” After a week without nutrients, Tony died of pneumonia. This clearly shows why euthanasia should be legalized as it shows that these patients would rather die of starvation then have to endure long years of ultimate death.

Tony is not the only one with this mindset as many others also took a stand to end their pain. One of the most iconic cases of this issue is of a girl named Brittany Maynard who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and stated that “because my tumor is so large, doctors prescribed full brain radiation. I read about the side effects: The hair on my scalp w141028162907-03-britanny-maynard-1028-story-top.pngould have been singed off. My scalp would be left covered with first-degree burns. My quality of life, as I knew it, would be gone.” Due to her young age of 29, her body could most likely fight the cancer for a longer time but “she suffered “increasingly frequent and longer seizures, severe head and neck pain, and stroke-like symptoms.” She ended her own life on November 1, 2014.

Clearly, through these cases these terminally ill patients main reason they would like to take their own life is due to the fact that can not bare the pain and suffer through an illness that is ultimately incurable. These illnesses immobilize and completely ruin these humans lives to the point that they can not bare. How can others dictate how long you have to sit through pain and watch yourself slowly deteriorate into someone you don’t recognize yourself? The answer is simple. They should not be able to.