An eighty-seven year old grandmother on a respirator, a
newborn child with AIDS, and a father in a coma; all put to death
by respectable doctors with the O.K. of their families. But is
it really 3O.K.?? Euthanasia, or doctor-assisted suicide, has
become as common as jumping off of a fifteen story building or
taking a gun to one1s own head. Certainly society frowns upon
suicide, but yet putting an old lady or a man in a coma to death
is being accepted every day. Society knows that suicide is bad,
but euthanasia is even worse. The guilt and blame of a lost life
is falling on the hands of doctor1s that we are supposed to
trust, and even worse, the family members themselves. A doctor
is to be known as a healer, not an agent of death. A family is
supposed to love and support, not kill and inherit. Every person
makes the light of the world brighter. The world needs
everyone1s power and contribution. It1s the power and energy of
the elderly, and the strength and will of the ill, that give the
world life. The light has become very dim with the crime and
corruption in today1s world, we can1t afford to throw lives away
because some think they1re meaningless. If we continue to accept
the merciless killings and suicides of the helpless but powerful,
the light will soon burn out. There will be no energy in the
world. Euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide should not be
accepted or allowed by the government and people of the United
Statistics show that seventy-three percent of the U.S.
population approved of some form of euthanasia. This is used
constantly in debates to pass laws for making euthanasia legal.
But the people are deceived by this number. When the poll was
taken, the people were asked if they approved of "some form" of
euthanasia. There are two forms of euthanasia, active and
passive. It is the passive euthanasia that many people are
accepting, the less harsh of the two. That's why people
generally say they approve of it. If a separate question was
asked or the people were informed of the difference, we would
find that only thirty-eight percent of the population approves of
active suicide, as used by Kavorkian. So the fact that people
approve of euthanasia is irrelevant because only thirty-eight
percent would actually pass a law if they knew that Kavorkian1s
methods would be allowed.
However, it is said that passive euthanasia, suicide by the
removal of life support, is a long-time practice for hospitalized
patients. But does this make it O.K?I should think not. Many
things have been accepted and practiced in the world, and many of
them have become illegal. Not too long ago a teenager could
drink whenever he wanted. Now we have laws to regulate the
drinking age. This is the same type of thing, something terrible
has going on for too long now. We need to put a stop to the
killings with a law. Just because something has been allowed and
occurring for a long time doesn1t mean that it1s O.K. Also,
there is the issue of living wills. A living will is a document
that protects the right of choice in end of life matters for
patients. And not everyone has a living will when they become
ill even though they don1t want to live through the agony and
pain. They just don1t think to make one or plan on being ill and
incompetent. But with or without a living will, it1s just not
right to end a life, even if it1s one1s own. Many think that
they should be able to decide on their own, but what about their
families. The family will spend the rest of their lives
wondering in agony and pain about whether or not a cure would
have been found or if the patient would have made it out
of the coma. It wouldn1t be right to spread the pain by adding
to the fire. But some say, 3Why waste the money and extend the
pain and agony by keeping someone on a machine?? We need to look
at life in a more positive way. We need to weigh the matters
evenly. What1s more important, the life of a family member or
trying to save money and pain. Clearly it is the life, nothing
is more important than that. Approximately one billion dollars
is spent on life support patients annually. But the cost of
keeping people alive is irrelevant if there is a chance that
they may be cured or come out of a coma.
More importantly, we need