Euthanasia and Physician


Assisted Suicide.


Discussions about euthanasia often get mired in a mountain of emotional accusations, such as charges that the “most vulnerable” of humans are “besieged by euthanasia practitioners” and that families must fight “anti-life assaults on their loved ones” which “threatens the lives of those who are medically vulnerable.”


In reality the basic question that should be posed by euthanasia and physician assisted suicide to any person should be, “should a person who is terminally ill and feels that their life is not worth living because of intractable pain, loss of dignity, loss of capability (disabled in any kind of way) and who repeatedly asks for help in committing suicide, is of sound and mind and not suffering from depression be given the choice of physician assisted suicide?


Ultimately, euthanasia is a question of choice empowering people to have control over there own bodies. Most arguments against from a religious aspect are that “God gave life, only he should take it away.” Why should people be given the choice to play god. To choose whether it is acceptable to murder a living person. No living man in the world should ever in their lives ever make a decision to take away someone’s life. I urge you at this moment to think, would you like the responsibility to make such a fatal decision, the choice to choose someone’s fate?


Luckily there are people who stand firmly against euthanasia and physician assisted ‘MURDER’ such as groups concerned with disabilities, who fear that euthanasia is the first step towards a society that will kill disabled people against there will. If a law to allow euthanasia was passed the devastation could be endless. It could just begin with terminally ill patients but extend to allow the state to kill anyone they deems worthless. Dr Dobson states, “We will eventually be killing those who aren’t sick, those who don’t ask to die, those who are young and depressed, those who someone considers to have a poor quality of life, and those who feel it is their obligation to ‘get out of the way’.


Groups that promote access to assisted suicide seem to publicize cases where people have a terminally illness, are in intractable pain, and want to end their life. Although such cases do exist, they are in small minority. Many dying patients who are in serious pain have adequate access to pain-controlling medication. I urge you to think what would you prefer, your last week of your live with your loving family so when you do die you can leave loved ones knowing you will be missed, or to have unexpectedly been murdered by some maniac with a needle?


Some groups in the pro-life faction feel so strongly against this barbaric idea that instead of discussing physician initiated suicide, they have given it the nickname of ‘physician initiated murder’ because of its savage method to inject a fluid that puts you in a state of unconsciousness and then as it creeps through your veins it stops your heart. Dr Dobson wrote, “By a sizable margin of 60-40 percent, Oregnonians have authorised their doctors to administer lethal doses of poison to willing patients…for the moment, if you are elderly and ill, Oregon is the last place you want to be.” Dr Dobson seems to have applied that elderly, ill residents of Oregon are at risk of being murdered against their own will.


Dr Abraham Halpern, an ex-president of the American Association of Psychiatry and the law, and Dr Alfred Freedmen, an ex-president of the American Psychiatric Association, wrote an article in the New York Times, stating that, “Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act… should be repealed. It greases the slippery slope and will surely result in undignified and unmerciful killings.”


By making assisted suicide or euthanasia available, some people will be pressured into accepting assistance in dying by their families. What would you feel like to be pressured or influenced by other people? Some patients are frightened that their physicians might kill them without permission. To think that the only place you could ever possibly feel safe could be hell in a different form, where physicians murder patients against their will. Do you not fell sorry for the nurses and doctors whom