Before I start I would like you to imagine if you or a close relative are dying of an incurable disease. Every breath taken is agonizing. Unable to sleep, sit, eat or function due to immense pain. Life has become torture. No medicine or drug to lessen the pain. Hastening death seems like the only option to take. Good afternoon everybody, My name is Jordan and today I am going to talk about one of the most controversial topics in modern society, Euthanasia. It is an issue in which many people argue against, due to its inhumane features of killing someone. However euthanasia can quickly and humanely end a patient’s suffering, allowing them to die with dignity. It also can help to shorten the grief and suffering of the patient’s loved ones.

Terminally ill patients suffer pain so horrible that it can hardly be comprehended by those who have not actually experienced it. Their suffering can be so terrible that we do not like even to read about it or think about it; we recoil even from its description. Now let's think back to a time where we have hurt ourselves, I mean really, really hurt ourselves.   Now lets times the pain we felt by 100. That doesn't even begin to describe the level of pain these people go through on a daily basis. Would we honestly want to relive that moment where we were extremely hurt?. In the article "Dealing with the dying" by Alan Howe, published in the Herald Sun on the 4/10/10, he tells the story of a 23 year old who took to Euthanasia after a rugby accident that left him paralysed from the chest down. His parents said that he could never come to terms with his extreme physical incapacity and regarded his shattered body as "a prison". His death was an extremely sad loss for his family, friends and all those that care for him but no doubt a welcome relief from the 'prison' he felt his body had become and the day-to-day fear and loathing of his living existence, as a result of which he looked to euthanasia to set him free.

Euthanasia is...