Euthanasia


" Euthanasia is to die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one\'s own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there." Friedrich Nietzsche



Simply put, the word "euthanasia" means "good death." To many people, life is just not worth living. If they choose, these people should have the right to die, for if their death is assisted by a doctor, then it is still a basic human right.



There are four main types of Euthanasia. Suicide, Assisted Suicide, voluntary, and non-voluntary. In suicide you take your own life without help from anyone else. Assisted suicide is basically the same thing. This mostly occurs when a terminally ill patient wants to end their pain but can\'t find the means. Someone will get you what u need (pill, etc), and then you commit suicide. In voluntary euthanasia, a terminally ill person decides they don\'t want to live anymore and so they ask a doctor to kill them painlessly. Non-voluntary euthanasia is one of the most common ones. This usually happens when a person say on a life support machine and someone else makes the decision to terminate their life without consulting the ill person.



But should a person have a right to die? Many people say yes. Just like anything else, death is still a basic human right. How and when a person wishes to die is up to them and although frowned upon, euthanasia has been occuring around the world for quite some time. A lot of people argue over whether or not euthanasia should be allowed. I can see why people would want it legalized. You have probably heard about many situations where a family has to take care of a handicapped or terminally ill child. Eventually, this comes to be such a painful and heartbreaking thing for the parents that they don\'t want their child to suffur anymore. The parents decide to have the doctor but their child into a painless sleep, or many times they just stop the child\'s pain themselves.


I think that everyone should be able to choose what they want for themselves. Especially the terminally ill because I would hate to think about the people who are completely paralized and can do nothing for themselves. If I couldn\'t do simple tasks for myself then I don\'t see the point in living. If you can\'t get out of bed in the morning, or hug people, or even eat by yourself, then what\'s the point? What\'s the point of just laying in a hospital bed for decades being kept alive by machines, having family wait on you all day long, and not be able to do anything but blink? I don\'t think I could just lay their knowing that there was no way this would ever change and I\'d have no life ahead of me anyways.


Many acts of euthanasia are physician assisted where by a doctor aids a patient be free from their pain for good. Many times, patients will write little notes or "do not resussitate" slips at hospitals for if they slip into a coma or are brought in sick after having a terrible illness for a long time. Once the doctor sees these notes, signed by the patients, the doctor will make the person has comfortable as possible and then just wait. Or, sometimes a patient will ask a doctor to end their lives by giving them pills or drugs injected into the patient\'s IVs.


We like to think that we are free here in Canada but we are not free to die. Freedom is not necessarily nice and comfortable. Here in Canada euthanasia is illegal. Assisted suicide is illegal. Mercy killing is illegal. Euthanasia was legalized in The Netherlands last year along with many other countries. It\'s still illegal in Canada but it is the subject of many heated debates and is always brought up about how it\'s time for the Canadian government to be less strict when it comes to this. I\'m not saying that just because you think someone is suffuring is a valid