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Is Euthanasia Ethical or Unethical – Ethical

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Is euthanasia ethical or unethical? That is a very personal choice to be made by you and your family when you are in good health. A living will is very good to have in case you cannot speak for yourself. You must consider whether you or a loved one is terminal, one cannot let depression be your guide.

When one is healthy, full of vim and vigor the question is simple life is good, why would anyone in their right mind want it to end. Maybe a loved one is plagued with cancer, there is no hope but you pray and you hope that maybe tomorrow some magnificent break through will occur and your loved one will be returned you whole and healthy again. Where there is life there's hope, right?

Now suppose, just suppose you walk into your doctor's office one day, you feel you may have bronchitis, the doctor has his usual cheery bedside manor, orders some tests which you take then go home and await the results. A few days pass the nurse calls and inform you the doctor wishes to have a consultation with you. He informs you have inoperable tumors, malignant.

You subject yourself to treatments the hair loss, the nausea and everything else that comes with the hope of extending your life. After a few months of this, with the support of friends and family the doctor claims it looks like the cancer is in remission. You're thrilled.

A month passes, your in for a check up, the tests show your lungs are clear but it went to your brain. It's still inoperable. What now? You putter around the house, live like were dying? Then what when you can not do these things? When your legs will not carry you to bathroom, or you can not feel refreshed by taking a shower? When you are suddenly waiting for someone to bring you food or a simple snack? When suddenly you feel you're a burden, even your loved ones have to struggle helping you do your daily needs. You are requiring more time from your families schedule.

You can go to nursing home, or an assisted living room adjacent to a nursing home. You can be made to feel like Pavlov's dog and be fed and bath roomed on a schedule. If something happens not on schedule, you can wait, embarrassed and uncomfortable until someone realizes that your body didn't conform to their schedule.

Soon the next stage will set in, becoming comfortably numb in a bed. Maybe someone will mercifully put on your medical chart the orders DNR (DO NOT RESUSCITATE), maybe. Otherwise you are doomed to lay there until whatever is eating at you reaches a vital organ; or a miracle. Miracles do happen but they are far and few in between.

Euthanasia should be talked about between family members before it is needed. It is your body after all, you should have that right if you are terminally ill. One may argue that that would open the door for accidents to happen, a sort of planned out murder. If someone is out for an inheritance or whatever, a plan would still be carried out in hopes of ending someone's life; you see it very often in the news media. The end result would be the same.

If one of my pets had a terminal disease, as much as I would hate to, I would save that beloved animal all the pain it would go through quickly, mercifully. We do something very similar to euthanasia by ordering CARE AND COMFORT ONLY. Assisted dying would be even more humane.

Death with dignity, not comatose, plugged into various tubes waiting for the inevitable would be the choice of many. When one question whether euthanasia is ethical or not, one should question the motives of the person opposed to euthanasia, are you keeping the person here because you can't bear to have them say good bye while they are coherent? What is actually more important QUANTITY or QUALITY?

As my years grow long I have talked with my family about this, they know my will, and I prefer dignity and quality. Let me leave the reader of this with a thought from a poem by William Cullen Bryant called THANATOPSIS:

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams

To die with dignity is not un-ethical. It is un-ethical to prolong pain and suffering. Euthanasia is the last act a person can do for themselves or a loved one to end agony and free the spirit.

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