Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide; Pros and Cons
Voluntary euthanasia – When the person who is killed has requested to be killed
Non-voluntary euthanasia – When the person who is killed, made no request and gave no consent.
Involuntary euthanasia – When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary. Euthanasia by action – Intentionally causing a person’s death by performing an action such as giving a lethal injection.
Euthanasia by omission – Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual & customary) care of food and water.
Most terminally ill patients seek suicide not because they are ill but because they are depressed. Even Jack Kevorkian, the notorious suicide doctor said in a court appearance that he considers anyone with a disabling disease who is not depressed “abnormal”.
In 1969, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outlined the 5 stages of the dying process—- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Since that time Dr. Kubler-Ross has worked with thousands of dying patients and their families to help them deal with the dying process. Dr. Kubler-Ross said “Lots of my dying patients say they grow in bounds and leaps, and finish all their unfinished business. But assisting a suicide is cheating them of these lessons, like taking a student out of school before final exams. That’s not love; it’s projecting your own unfinished business”.
The unfinished business can consist of mending relationships and coming to the realization, all the good things that were a part of the patients’ lives. Over-come by depression, they short-circuit themselves, denying the involvement of this process. And although the motives of loved ones are compassionate, by encouraging or even assisting in the patient’s suicide are helping to steal those last precious moments of their lives.
Right to Die
Pros: It is the right of every human being to be able to choose when they die. It is a right to end your suffering and to die with dignity.
Cons: Does anyone really have the right to end their life or to end the life of anyone else. Where there is life, there is hope.
Suffering at the End of Life
Pros: No one should be forced to suffer at the end of life. Every human has a right not to be forced to suffer.
Cons: For 99% of patients with severe pain there are pain control drugs. And who is to say that pain ends with death. So far no one has come back to tell us.
Pros: The idea of a slippery slope is absurd. This is not unlike the doomsday prediction. All doomsday have passed and life continues as before.
Cons: In a society where health care costs are astronomical the dangers of a slippery slope is far from fantasy. Euthanasia and assisted suicide is halfway house to going from voluntary euthanasia to non and involuntary euthanasia.
Selah, Elaine Marlowe