A doctorís function has changed over time. In the past, the doctor was a
person who besides being your friend treated the diseases. Now a doctor is a
stranger who combats diseases, but he/she is not always your friend. What will
never change is their constant struggle against death. However, their job is not
only to prevent death but also to improve their patientís quality of life. Many
times there is nothing a doctor can do to prevent a patient from dying if the
patient has a terminal disease; all he/she can do is wait for death to arrive.
This waiting time can be very painful for both the patients and the people who
surround them. Not practicing euthanasia at the request of the dying person is
violating a personís rights, creating an economic burden, interfering with a
doctorís job, and increasing suffering.
First of all, deciding if you want to be alive or not is a personal decision.
Neither the doctors nor the government has the power to decide if you should
live or not. Since it is not their life and they are not in your situation, they
cannot make that kind of decision for you. It might sound like suicide, but
again, that is our problem, not theirs. They give us the liberty to decide our
job, our family, our religion, and even our sex preference. Why should they not
give us the right to decide if we want to live or not? That should be the first
right before all the ones I have mentioned. It is not logical that we can choose
in all those other decisions if we cannot first choose to live or die.
Next, comes the economic factor. Many times we do not have enough money to
pay for the needed medical care not knowing if the patient is going to get any
better. In a way, we are just wasting time and money on a situation that wonít
get better. If the patient wants euthanasia, why not do it if we cannot end the
huge amount of money wasted on a treatment that wonít help.
Another reason to legalize euthanasia is that if doctors have the liberty to
create life, why not of ending it. Nowadays doctors have the ability and are
allowed to grow human beings artificially in labs. Who gave them that right? The
government did. Therefore, doctors should also be allowed to end life,
especially when the person desires it. To me it doesnít make sense that they can
create life without having the opportunity to ask that human being if he wants
to be created like that, while they cannot let a person die when it is his or
her wish. The doctor is just the person who helps the patient to do what he
Finally, the basic reason why euthanasia should be practiced is because it
stops the person from having a bad quality of life. As I have said, a doctorís
function should not only be the one of curing diseases but also providing the
patients a better quality of life. Having a patient suffering is not giving him
a better quality of life. When doctors reach this point, then they should be
allowed to grant the patient whatever he wants since he or she cannot offer
something better. Even if they could offer the patient any kind of treatment or
options, it is the patient who should decide how he wants to live his life. We
pay the doctor so he can do the best he can. Helping us in having a better
quality of life is about giving the patient whatís best for him as long as he
wants it. The kind of quality of life is defined by the patient, not the doctor
or government. Consequently, when the patient feels he is not getting the
quality of life he wants, the least a doctor can do is grant him what he wants.
If the patientís decision is to die, so be it.
I have never been in a situation where I have to decide whether euthanasia
should be applied to someone or not. But I tell you something: if I ever see
myself in that kind of situation, I would have no doubt of agreeing with it. If
it is the desire of the person to die, I will support him. I think that choosing
how we want to die is not an option that we all get. So be sure I'll help
someone on choosing when and how he wants to die. Just imagine yourself in a
similar situation. Would you like to be helped by doctors and your friends to
die the way you want it or be kept in a room where you can hardly move with
machines keeping you alive? Why not end this suffering if we have the power?
There is no point of waiting for the person to die if there is nothing the
doctors can do about it. If the person wishes to die, we should please him with
their last wish. This is why euthanasia should be legal for anyone who desires