Euthanasia Should Be Legalised

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Euthanasia should be legalised

Euthanasia is a complex issue that is often debated about. Euthanasia is a painless killing of a patient who is suffering an incurable and excruciating disease.   At the moment, very few countries allow this procedure to occur however there are many beneficial reasons why this should be made legal in every country.  

Firstly, it is believed that every human has human rights; we are entitled to our own opinions and decisions. A person who is experiencing an extremely difficult life because of a terminal illness would clearly want an alternative solution to immediately stop this. Euthanasia provides a way to relieve extreme pain to a patient when a person’s quality of life is low. Euthanasia is a solution. Why then do most people insist on making this alternative illegal? People have the right to self determination. The theory of self determination is the right to choose your own path. This cannot be opposed by religious believers as God gave us freewill therefore we have the right to choose to die.

Moreover, if this was made available there would be more medical funds to help a significant amount of people. It could make a huge difference to these people by the extra financial support. The Times (24 January 2007) reported that, according to the 2007 British Social Attitudes survey, 80% of the public said they wanted the law changed to give terminally ill patients the right to die with a doctor’s help. In the same survey, 45% supported giving patients with non-terminated illnesses the option of euthanasia “A majority” was opposed to relatives being involved in a patient’s death.

Of course, there are counter arguments that would disagree with Euthanasia being made legal.   Despite the fact that Euthanasia has positive aspects, it is frequently referred as being ‘assisted suicide’. Evidently many people feel that it is no better than murder.   In a recent survey, it was made apparent that only 10% of...