You are surrounded by doctors. The head physician asks if you are sure this is what you want to do. You answer yes. As the nurse sterilizes your arm, the doctor prepares the dosage. As the syringe breaks your skin, you think, "Finally, after all these months of pain and suffering, I can rest in peace…"
What has just been described is euthanasia, Greek for "easy death." Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, is something all people should have the right to do.
The law allows people to end their lives. Wayne County Circuit Judge Richard Kaufman said, "People suffering from illnesses from which they are not likely to recover have a constitutional right to commit suicide." Obstructing someone from euthanasia would be violating their civil rights as an American Citizen. The Declaration of Independence states, "… all men are created equal… with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." If you are in constant pain and suffering, are you happy? In order to achieve happiness by ending your pain and suffering, euthanasia would be an option open to you.
People should have the choice of euthanasia because death is preferable to suffering. After four wives, two plane crashes, a war injury and liver disease, Ernest Hemingway felt the same which is why he committed suicide at the age of sixty-one. If you were to deny yourself death not only would you keep suffering, your family would be in pain by watching your life slip away. Keeping yourself alive when there is no hope for recovery is a hardship which euthanasia could relieve.
Man is just another being on Earth, like any other animal. When animals are in pain or are suffering, they are usually put to sleep. It is only logical that man could be put to sleep when they are in pain. If putting an animal to sleep is considered an act of mercy, shouldn’t we also be merciful to our fellow man?
Nobody likes suffering. Nobody likes pain. Then why shouldn’t euthanasia
be a choice for everybody?