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Euthanasia: Should it be Legalized?

Updated on February 17, 2016

Overview

Euthanasia or assisted suicide is commonly known as the lamentable decision that terminally ill patients in hospitals make when rendered a hopeless reality leaving their lives to the hands of medics. Many believe that depression, pain and other mental disorders are the major causes that lead to these decisions but this issue is a much more complex than what we can imagine.

Nothing can feel worse than being pinned down against the face of death any time during medical care. It’s like planning what to do if the remaining years of life was suddenly limited to a few days. Death is one of the most powerful fears of Humanity leading to a never-ending journey of seeking longevity or even better, Immortality. The Causes and Effects of Euthanasia can either create an interesting reversal of our instinctive desires as living, breathing beings or it can help us completely abandon our fundamental mission to survive and reproduce due to extreme circumstances we at least seek to manage without any solutions.

The belief of most people choosing to undergo euthanasia is a misconception. Many different factors play into this decision such as physical pain, control and fear. Major survey's find that the wish to control the circumstances of being diagnosed with a debilitating disease was one of the major incentives of 60% of the hospitalized patients surveyed with their families. Often, under extreme states of emotional receptiveness reasoning becomes flawed. Many debilitated patients know that their condition permanently changed their life for the worse. When in the face of this situation most would patients would rather feel like they have an edge over death by deciding how and when it will happen with the option of Euthanasia.

Causes and Statistics

Statistics show that 69% of patients falling under the motivational reason of Illness-related experiences, find that living with physical pain and medication symptoms have lead them to agree on undergoing assisted suicide. A loss of everyday functionality is greatly undesirable and intolerable for these patients as they lose their basic means of independent care. By not being able to care for themselves any more suddenly, hope from others can lower depressive moods and helplessness. Research proves the phenomena of ill persons becoming forced to dependent on medical care after a long life being independently competent enough to care for themselves.This fact means that unwanted death among ill patients would be accelerated nine times out of ten. Efforts to conquer the risk of death will require the execution desperate measures from health professionals involved.

Patient’s falling under the group of “fear based reasons”, truly fear the development of a lack of quality outside the hospital. Negative past experiences and a fear of becoming an economical encumbrance to the family and government usually suffer the most mental aspects of incurable disease. 60% in this group fear the terrible quality of life awaiting them. Losing independence permanently in life gives patients a reason to seek assisted suicide. According to the nurses Involved in the study, pain along with the fear of more pain only lead to worse conditions in the future of those patients realizing the cycles that medics continually use to keep them alive. The patients see this as a waste and one of the most important reasons for considering Euthanasia.

Types of Euthanasia explained
Types of Euthanasia explained

Legalization

If euthanasia were to take full legal effect in the medical Industry, it would be a catch-22 of legal enigma. Conflict between the Hippocratic Oath of Physicians and the Fundamental Human Right of choice would make the practice be seen as unjust, delaying the full effect of the law for more questioning about the roles of our Health care. The use of the Hippocratic Oath is already under attack by our volatile world of misfortune, the western world is simply believed to give doctors and Insurance Companies too much power over what happens in the time of our personal health issues until we finally die. The positives of Euthanasia are beneficial towards our health care crisis but it is always challenged by the illogical reasons of its existence when our Society isn’t built upon the standard of terminating life.

According to the anti-supporters of Assisted Suicide, Doctors and family should not submit to a lack of recovery too soon it would only “eliminate the value of Human life”by making it seem expensive and worthless at the hands of terrible diseases. The Government would no longer have to stress their mission of seeking health care solutions in order for us to have cheaper drugs and quality care for the uninsured without increasing medical bills. The growth of Medical Insurance programs for citizens will only accelerate the U.S towards a complete economic Bankruptcy.

Human dignity over death is the feeling that can only be understood by similar circumstances of sickness. This is the only feeling that these patients seek and will be able to fully express with legalizing Euthanasia. To prevent acts of suicide will be a “violation of religious freedom, imposing that the Government is supporting one or similar religions denying the act of suicide by calling it a sin”. A Democratic Government and its people are two separate mental entities with a relationship granting full control to its citizens.

Unlike a Theocracy mandating the use religion in its code of law, it would make complete sense for Democratic Governments to remain neutral to the religious beliefs of its people in order to avoid bias, confusion and political crime. While campaigning to promise a new freedom of death, “laws should be constructed to protect the meaning of Human life”. Assisted suicide doesn’t have to only involve the individual patient. Family members, multiple Doctors and even Psychiatrists can help give their consent on whether the act of forcing death on a troubled patient would be right for the patient.

Most understood definition
Most understood definition

Conclusion

The constant battle of either legalizing euthanasia or not is a tricky subject in Society. It is an issue mostly understood by those who experience its pain. There is no doubt that we will always cleave on to survival but hopelessness will deter permanent healing. Wondering about different psychological options makes us feel confident over death. We are citizens considered free to exercise whatever right we have positive or negative in Bureaucratic eyes. If freedom of complete expression exists, it will be extended to discover ourselves in time.

Energy spent on debating this is just an example of how we lose sight of what we are capable of doing as “free people”, Euthanasia would be a great, historical inclusion to our rights over the systematic chains forcing immediate action and misery upon us. Why not finish your life before the stress accumulated and bottled up inside you creates more issues on top of your Illness? We shall not regress on our capabilities as Democratic citizens regardless of how extreme it is, that’s why Democratic Constitutional rights allow a wide array of decisions, either good or bad.

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