If a terminally ill patient is suffering a great deal of pain, they should have the right to end their life. However, it should be ensured that the decision is made by the actual person wishing to die, and not done without their consent or knowledge. It is hard for most people to relate to the desire to die, but that doesn't mean that it is always an irrational decision.
Euthenasia can be a less painful way to deal with death. Imagine for a moment, that you've been diagnosed with a terminal disease that will cause you and your loved ones a lot of pain and suffering. It won't be long until you forget who your family is, you lose your ability to take care of yourself. You become a burden on those around you. Wouldn't assisted suicide be a more dignified, graceful way to leave the world?
I think people should have the option of assisted suicide. If you can't go on living in a certain medicated state, you should have the option to let go. Many people don't want to have their families see them like that, or remember them in this bed ridden manner. They should have the option to go peacefully, especially if they are in constant pain. It's your life, no one else's.
It is my own life, I choose what to do with it. I could probably give a longer, more thoughtful answer, but I don't think I could put it any more clearly. Every person has a right to evaluate their circumstances and decide for themselves whether their life is worth continuing.
I think it should remain illegal. It is dehumanizing! They have done it against the will of the patient so even if you say you don't want it you aren't in control because they can still do it. Someone else makes the decision for you even if you say not to.
As Susanna Kaysen said in her book “Girl, interrupted”: “Suicide is a form of murder - premeditated murder. It isn't something you do the first time you think of doing it. It takes getting used to. And you need the means, the opportunity, and the motive. ”
But what does this have to do with euthanasia you ask? Everything. Suicide and Euthanasia are similar because in both the individual desires death, and in both there are certain things that must be planned. We know that in math if a=b and b=c then a=c. Therefore, if suicide is equal to euthanasia, and suicide is also equal to murder as suggested by Kaysen, then euthanasia is equal to murder by transitive property.
America overlooks the fact that by dying we don't solve our problems, we do not even begin to address them. We, America, the home of the brave, would be running from our problems by allowing euthanasia. Yes grant it, by legalizing euthanasia we might be allowing for the "pursuit of happiness" to be lived out, but what about the pursuit of life?
There are many ways to happiness, but not many ways to life.