Right to Die?

By Naman Raina

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It’s not in our hands…

I don’t think we have a right to die, and we must never extend these rights to other people. That’s murder. Just murder. You cannot interfere in these matters, it is up to God to do so. Our job is to live. So does it end here? With the emergence of euthanasia, I think not.

You see, euthanasia believes that people who are terminally ill and sick have this “special” right to choose when and how they want to die, in order to end their suffering. Sounds morally right because you’re being a good Samaritan by ending one’s misery. Why should this concern the public? Or why should I even care? It’s not my family.

Assume this legalization and consider the slippery slope argument. A professor at the Singapore Management University, devised this key argument, claiming that chances of euthanasia becoming involuntary(undesired) are very high and it may potentially be misused and abused by people with malicious intents. This results in one’s destiny in the hands of others, which is clearly homicide, because anytime, your life can be taken from you, against your will.

Doesn’t this seem riskier if not likely? I certainly would not want to live in such a world, where I have such risks and fears, the risk of losing a loved one and the fear of being killed, anytime. The suffering won’t end either, families would fear loss and the whole point of euthanasia would be challenged.

If that seems extreme, consider advancements in medical research, devising remedies and treatments. If all ill people did, was end their lives, without giving doctors and physicians an opportunity to better understand and analyze the problems, why would people further invest and devote their time in research and other studies?. How does one guarantee the accelerated growth and invention of new cures, treatments and remedies, if doctors and researchers are unable to work as hard. In some cases, it leads to a decline of care for patients, like, the Geneva University Hospital reduced it’s palliative team after it allowed euthanasia. Also, in Netherlands, there has been a case of a person being euthanized to free up a hospital bed. Furthermore, euthanasia is far cheaper, the cost of a poison for euthanasia is 50 dollars, whereas chemotherapy and other intensive care, thousands of dollars. What would happen if euthanasia is globally legalized? Perhaps it’s a cheaper economic alternative….

And young adults? To them, euthanasia is an even better and “refined” version of suicide. The legalization won’t guarantee a drop in suicide rates, in fact it would skyrocket, since they would be further encouraged to make that decision.

And how can we miss consent? These terminally ill people are being asked to make a decision that involves them and their family, in such an unstable and irrational state, where they’re unable to think, or even reason. They’re not completely aware of the consequences and side effects of the decision they’re making in that state of mind. Similarly, patients in a comatose or vegetative state, what are they to decide? They cant move a muscle, they’re unresponsive. Don’t they deserve a will, a right to live, just like others? Isn’t their life as valuable and precious? Unfortunately, it’s not in their hands, but their family, and we all know how that ends.

To me suffering, pain, happiness, satisfaction, all these sensations, are a part of life. We, as humans, exercise numerous liberties, but must realize that limitations exist, and that there are somethings we cannot alter or manipulate, but must accept. Diseases and illnesses are signs that our bodies are imperfect machines, and are constantly fighting, only to grow stronger. The right to die doesn’t exist, because that is in the hand of God or one’s destiny, and one’s destiny is something that can’t be controlled or tampered with. Euthanasia violates this spontaneity of life and results in repercussions we are not ready for.

 

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