Those who are against the legalization of euthanasia have an incredibly naive mindset about just how painful it can be to suffer through life. There are countless anti-euthanasia arguments, but one of the most profound is the religious argument saying that life is the greatest gift and only God has the authority to end it. The general Christian view is that even if a person wants to die, God created all life processes including life and death so we should not interfere with them. Additionally, many churches believe that the dying process itself is valuable and the moments right before death have great importance, so we should not end life prematurely.
The religious argument against euthanasia is very similar to religious arguments against abortion. The United States of America was a country founded on religious freedom, so why should one religion dictate everyone’s life choices? Not everyone practices Christianity, so not everyone should have to follow the rules of the Bible. The U.S. Constitution clearly states in The First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Essentially, using religion as a reason not to practice euthanasia is unconstitutional and therefore, invalid.
Another argument against euthanasia is that sometimes, terminally ill patients can get better. These people feel that medical mysteries can happen anytime and euthanasia is a quick and unnecessary getaway.
The reality is, euthanasia is used as a very last resort for people who are suffering so badly that they have no choice. Ending your own life is not something taken lightly, and it is usually a decision made after months and years of thought. Yes, it is true that on very rare occasions, terminally ill patients can recover, but this has as much of a chance of happening as you winning the lottery or getting struck by lightning. The odds are not promising, and the suffering of such illnesses is so great that patients don’t want to take their chances. If suffering patients don’t have access to physician-assisted suicide, they will take matters into their own hands and end up suffering even more while trying to end the original suffering. For example, Tony Nicklison was denied the chance to die and end his “locked in syndrome” of not being able to move a single muscle in his body. Unable to do anything else, he ended up starving himself to death after about a week. Instead of peacefully dying around their loved ones, patients are being forced to commit suicide that is even more painful.