Physicians and patients struggle watching loved ones dwindle, suffer pain and lose any quality of life.Whether it is from incurable cancer Alzheimer's disease or chronic wasting disease, it presents enormous conflict for loved ones.
Humans like answers that are black and white rather than shades of grey. Our society is firmly in the grip of the ten commandments, "thou shalt not murder'.
Should we let life run it's course without interference? Religious people would hypothesize that the process of dying is much like the act of childbirth, with gradual change leading up to the pain and ecstasy of birth. Could it be dying is the same ? Does the process of dying prepare us to enter a new realm, or does it all just end and go blank ? Is suffering an important process of dying. One might ask about people who are suddenly killed by accident, or intent?
Some would argue that with rapidly growing population and decreasing resources, and more expensive medical treatment that euthanasia is justified for some.
In Belgium and the Netherlands Euthanasia has been legalized beginning in 2007.
Comparison of the Expression and Granting of Requests for Euthanasia in Belgium in 2007 vs 2013
A Study of the First Year of the End-of-Life Clinic for Physician-Assisted Dying in the Netherlands
W A R N I N G The following videos of euthanasia may be very disturbing to some. The videos present real instances of euthanasia
The author offers no opinion on right or wrong regarding euthanasia, but states that death with dignity should outweigh other considerations and should be protected by law without penalty and only to be performed with the consent of a patient. The patient's desires should be incorporated in an Advanced Directive.
And for those with hope, there is Dr. Steven Eisenberg
ery Slope? Euthanasia in Belgium and the Netherlands