Euthanasia: The Liberty to Die With Dignity
The Pro-Life Alliance defines Euthanasia as: “Any action or omission intended to end the life of a patient on the grounds that his or her life is not worth living.” (ProCon.org). So the question stands, should an individual who is terminally ill, is in unbearable pain, can no longer function independently, who feels their life is so intolerable that it is no longer worth living, and who is of sound mind, be permitted the right to end their own life? Canada is said to be a free country, however hundreds of people are denied the right to end their suffering annually and die with dignity and self-respect on their own terms. Euthanasia should be legalized to relieve the suffering of those who are terminally ill and allow Canadians the right to choose their death, to dismiss the emotional burden left on family, friends and end the financial drain on hospitals, loved ones, and the healthcare system. Euthanasia is an effective way to save the human resources and economic costs Canada uses on continuing the lives of men and women who would rather die. The energy of doctors and occupied hospital beds could be used on other patients whose ailments are curable. Instead we create a shortage of hospital space and lessen the general care of other patients whose lives could be saved. In the U.S.A last year, Medicare spent approximately $50 billion on doctor and hospital bills during only the last two months of patients' lives (CBSnews.com). This goes for Canada too, billions of tax dollars go to keeping people who are terminally ill alive. The most logical way to cut these costs is to provide the option of euthanasia to those who are terminally ill and decide it is their time to die. In 1999, the senator of California, George Runner Said;
Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) may attempt to reduce health care costs by refusing to pay for expensive or 'unnecessary' procedures. What better way to cut costs than on those people...
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