Euthanasia should be practiced if the right conditions exist. A person shouldn't have to suffer with a disease or illness that is going to kill them eventually anyways. If they are of sound mind and no longer want to deal with what aches them, it is their right to determine they want to go. We should not be allowed to tell them what they can or can not do with their body.
I work in a facility that deals with the elderly and end of life. Daily, I watch people begging to die with debilitating diseases. The degenerative diseases they have, currently, do not have a cure. My patients deserve the right to end the suffering they so desperately crave, while keeping their dignity.
It is not the right of the state to try and tell a person that they cannot legally end their lives, much like with attempted suicide the same. If someone wants to die, and a doctor is willing to take care of the process for them, the issue is between them and them alone, and perhaps the family. The government has no business dictating how someone's life ends. So yes I think euthanasia should be allowed to be practiced. It is at the end of the day a patient's choice, a family's choice in some cases, to terminate life, nobody elses'.
Euthanasia should be practised. There are several reasons for my point of view.
First of all I believe it's each individuals right to decide whether to live or not. In severe cases where there is no remedy for an illness, or injury, I think it should be the victims choice if they wanted to terminate life.
This practice would also be cost effective for a society as we could focus our money on patients that have a possibility of recovering.
The problem is that people have signed DNR's years ago when it only meant no CPR or machines. Now it has been changed to mean that it is okay to withhold food and water and allow death by starvation and dehydration. They are deceived into believing they are being given meds to ease their pain when it is really to weaken them so they don't have the strength to eat or drink or communicate. Then they say they "didn't want anything" or lie and say they couldn't swallow and this is what the patient "wanted". If they gave someone a POA they can't "change their minds" when they realize that they are not getting "comfort care" but being killed. This just happened to my Dad. I know he could swallow because he swallowed each spoonful of water and Ensure that I gave him 3 days before he died. Then my brother had me banned from the nursing home and that's when I realized that his life was being terminated, not made more "comfortable". After that he got nothing and died 3 days later. Now the family is lying and saying he couldn't swallow. (The nurse also lied and said she had to "dig food out of him" after I left because I suffocated him - but all I gave him was liquid. They aren't above falsifying the medical records to protect themselves or someone else. If you are on medicare or medicaid or over 70, be afraid.
Nobody has the right to decide who must live and who must die, even if that person is old and would die anyway. We ourselves are alive and are under life. Our lives are also just as fragile as theirs. If we take away their life, even just so to stop them from suffering further, it is like putting ourselves above them, when in fact we are just the same as they are: struggling to survive.
I don't understand why taking away the lives of people who are too weak and have no hope of surviving is called "mercy killing". It is as if these people have no more use to the society and might as well be disposed of. I think euthanasia is a kind of insult, thinking that a person should give up, or rather, FORCING them to give up in life just because they have no more chance of surviving.
People who suffer might choose to die as a solution to personal crisis, which is not the right decision. Their opinion is too negatively skewed. People make rash decision in response to pain. Technology becomes better every day and a cure for the person's disease might be found within a week. Technological improvement might save that person.
Euthanasia may be necessary on rare occasions, but to regularly practice it is selfish and irresponsible. Some groups such as PETA euthanize over 80 percent of the animals they claim to rescue, after they steal them. This is unnecessary and quite frankly, I consider it evil. Funding for city animal control facilities should be sufficient to house more animals, and give them better dwellings; bad spending practices of the tax payer's money is to blame.