Would you kill your best friend or spouse if he or she wanted to die? I hope not! What kind of person would you be if you killed them, only to find out some time later that they were just having a traumatic moment in their lives?
Euthanasia is the "right" to commit suicide with someoneís help. In the hypothetical situation given above, there were probably several alternative solutions rather than just flat out killing them. However, if you were a doctor in Holland, you would be able to do just that. I believe that euthanasia is murder, even if in some places it is considered legal.
Ever since euthanasia became legal in Holland, there have been many questionable deaths resulting from doctors taking "mercy" on their patients and "euthanizing" them. However, the patient often doesnít ask for it, so the doctors got away with what the United States would be considered murder.
However, occasionally, the person who wants to commit suicide may not want to tell the rest of the family for whatever reasons. If euthanasia wonít become illegal in countries like Holland, then perhaps they could pass a law requiring potential suicide victims to at the absolute least to notify their families. That way, the family will have at least one chance to try to talk the person out of being euthanized.
Robert Bernhoft, a medical doctorate, once wrote "Euthanasia for pain or depression should be treated as malpractice." He further wrote about his friendship with a now 85 year old named Bill. In 1988, at the age of 80, he showed up in an emergency room with severe chest pain, cough, and a 40-pound weight loss. A chest X-ray showed lung cancer and the two doctors taking care of him told him that no pain medication short of Demerol* and codeine** would help. Bill then went home planning to commit suicide.
Lucky for him, his daughter got a third opinion. A cancer specialist put him on oral morphine. Within a couple of days, his pain was completely gone. He then tried some mild chemotherapy. Today, Bill is looking forward to yet another year of active, enjoyable life.
If euthanasia had been legal, Bill would have died in 1988. Heís glad he didnít, though, and he worked actively against Washington stateís euthanasia initiative two years ago. It just goes to show that most people contemplate suicide at one time or another just to later find out that it was only a phase.
Furthermore, in the book of Proverbs, chapter 6, verses 16 through 19, the Bible says: "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift into running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren***." In other words, in helping someone kill themselves, you are forever sealing your fate and youíre going to go to Hell. Is that what you want? I hope not!
I believe that euthanasia and crypthanasia are morally and ethically wrong because it stands for the murdering of innocent people, some of whom do not wish to die. So when you ask yourself the vague, often difficult question, "Should euthanasia be legal?" the answer should always be a firm, simple "no."
* Demerol: A trademark used for a medicinal preparation of meperidine.
** codeine: An alkaloid narcotic, C18 H21 NO3, derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic.
*** brethren: A plural of brother.