In our world today, there are a multitude of different disease, illnesses, and sickness that threaten the lives of billions of individuals. Some of them are far worse than others. There are complications, pains, and suffering that come with each specific illness that most people would much rather do without.
That’s why Euthanasia was created. Euthanasia, otherwise known as mercy killing, is the ability of individuals or their families to decide whether or not to pull the plug on a terminally ill patient. There are countless debates that surround the issue, thus making it one of the hottest topics of disagreement today. There are pros and cons to this process, and here are a few of them.
Pros of Euthanasia
1. Shortens the Suffering of Terminally Ill Individuals.
Individuals who suffer from terminal disease often suffer painful complications. From aching body parts, labored breathing, and failing organs, the list is near endless. By allowing these patients the opportunity to choose to end their suffering, they are granted the chance to cut their pain short.
2. Allows People the Ability to Decide What Path Their Lives Will Take.
Euthanasia will allow ill individuals to be in charge of their lives, which is commonly something they feel they’ve lost. By allowing them to decide to pull the plug, they become the authority of their life.
3. Mentally Prepares Ill People and Their Families for What Comes Next.
Impending death can be mentally stressful for individuals and their families. Euthanasia allows them to set the date, thus providing them an opportunity to prepare themselves for what is to come and better cope with the situation.
Cons of Euthanasia
1. Some Terminally Ill Cases Still Get Cured.
There have been accounts of some terminally ill cases that managed to recover. If a person undergoes euthanasia, they risk losing the opportunity of living a healthy life again.
2. Moral and Religious Issues Surround the Process.
Many religious organizations are against the process of euthanasia because it tampers with the natural order of things. There are also moral concerns that surround the process because it is, whichever way you look at it, a form of killing.
3. Goes Against the Hippocratic Oath.
Medical professionals take an oath prior to practice that states that they will not do harm to their patients. By allowing euthanasia, medical professionals and doctors violate their oath.