The question to consider is, “Should certain individuals have access to an assisted death? Should criminal law change for the whole country?”
If you. If you were just lying there and day by day you were withering away and there was nothing you could do, nothing. You’re in pain, you can’t eat, can’t drink, can’t talk with your family or even smile. If you. If you were in agony, suffering unbelievable pain and grief. What would you do? Would you like to die like that? Would you like to die happily surrounded by your loving family or die a slow painful death? It’s your choice? Today i’m going to make you think twice about your idea of legalising euthanasia. Firstly don’t you think that it would be better for the people and families suffering, their families wouldn’t have to feel so much guilt about how much annoy that their loved one is in, as a human race we should have a better grasp on what is fair and what is just cruel this could also provide a dignified quick and painless way to end your life and lastly I will inform you on Lecretia Seales journey as she tried to die on your own terms. Even if you find this topic boring please take this into account that innocent people are suffering all over the world, you never know that could be you one day.
There are two types of euthanasia: Voluntary euthanasia and Involuntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is conducted with consent. Involuntary euthanasia is conducted without consent, the decision is made by another person because the patient is incapable of doing so. Quality of life, choice and dignity are the key words that come into this topic. Individuals are torn by religious, moral, ethical and compassionate arguments over taking their loved ones life. Why? How? Seriously? Yes as of June 2016 a few countries have come on board and have legalised human euthanasia in the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, and Luxembourg. Personally I think that’s it’s so cruel to keep your loved one with a terminally ill disease alive, if they can’t get better and they are just lying there in unbelievable pain and you know that you could do one thing to make all the pain go away. Would you do it? To be honest it should be legalised all over the world as people are committing suicide just because their doctors cannot help them die. Would you do it? Would you make that life changing decision? Would you help someone die a quiet, painless death? 6.3% of suicides are linked to people who have killed themselves because their doctors cannot prescribe them with the right medicine to take their lives. Because of this people are lead to suicide, people hang themselves, people jumping off bridges, people drowning themselves… even people shooting themselves all because they cannot take anymore of the pain. People would call them cowardly and weak, but that’s only because they don’t know their story. No one knows what they have been threw so sometimes it’s understandable, that they do these things; that they choose to go that far. They could of been sexual abused, physically abused, or they could of been neglected throughout their whole healing process. But it just doesn’t help the fact that all these people could have just pass away calmly. But no! They have to switch to alternative options.
It hurts to let go, but sometimes it hurts more to hold on.
Lecretia Seales who worked for law firm Chen Palmer, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2011. Lecretia was 38, just 38. The tumour had already invaded a quarter of her brain and she was given just weeks to live. She underwent surgery to “prune” the tumour. She also had radiation therapy to control the growth of her tumour; surgery bought her several more years but after four years of treatment she had run out of options. Four years just four years to live. Imagine that tomorrow you get a call from your doctor saying that you only had four years to live; how will that make you feel? Later on in the year Lecretia had a life changing MRI scan which showed the tumour was advancing and she was told she may have only months to live. Only months. Lecretia said “I am the one who has been inflicted with this disease, no-one else. It is my life that has been cut short. So who else but me, I should have the authority to decide if and when the disease and its effects are so intolerable that I would prefer to die?” A Horizon poll in 2012 found 63% per cent of New Zealanders supported a law chance to allow mentally competent adults to receive medical assistance to die, if they have a terminal illness or an irreversible physical or mental condition. Lecretia knew that she didn’t want to live a long pain filled life and she wanted the right to die. Lecretia stated “This right belongs to me and none other. I am simply saying that I, Lecretia Seales, a human being confronted with the inescapable reality of my death, and the prospect of great suffering – for me and those who love me – must have the right to determine when I have reached the end of the road. Unfortunately on 5 June 2015 lecretia life came to an end it was not by her own choice it was by her disease. her disease made her choice for her. the choice she should of had earlier.
There are so many people out there going through these tough times and they need your help. They need you. Today I have talked about that it would be better for the people and families suffering, their families wouldn’t have to feel so much guilt about how much annoy that their loved one is in, as a human race we should have a better grasp on what is fair and what is just cruel this could also provide a dignified quick and painless way to end your life and lastly Lecretia Seales journey as she tried to die on your own terms. We all have a voice and with your voice we can make a change in the outcome in people’s life for the better not for worse. I want you to challenge yourself. I want you to go look on facebook, have a read of the euthanasia pages, like a couple things get involved in helping our country and maybe even others.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter~ Martin Luther King, Jr.