Cherish The Value of Life
Euthanasia should not be legalized as it is a defiance to everything life has to value and
can be the self-destruction of our own species within limits. Euthanasia is an excuse to take the
easy way out to treat and care for sick patients and for large corporations to benefit financially. If
legalized, it will slowly expand the boundaries of the law until there are patients dying out of the
free-will of the doctor to benefit him or herself. Their will also be numerous cases of patients
dying unintentionally and without volunteering.
Euthanasia, if legalized, wouldn’t be only used on “terminally ill” people as it would
broaden horizons of the word “terminal” and cause controversy over how sick one would have to
be to have physician assisted suicide. Docters and others benefiting from euthanasia would
expand the privilege and start labeling patients as “terminally ill” and end their life. Nicholas A
Christakis, associate professor and Elizabeth B Lamont from the Department of Medicine,
University of Chicago Medical Center said, “Doctors are inaccurate in their prognoses for
terminally ill patients and the error is systematically optimistic. The inaccuracy is, in general, not
restricted to certain kinds of doctors or patients. These phenomena may be adversely affecting
the quality of care given to patients near the end of life.” This states that docters cannot
medically acknowledge when a “terminally ill” patients life is going to end, hence killing
innocent patients that may have more time to live. “Hopelessly ill” is a condition that is defined
as a persons whose quality of life is not worth living for, possibly being any sick person with a
minor or major disease, how many people would be killed because they are “terminally ill” or
the sub-definition “hopelessly ill”?
Euthanasia can most likely become a means of health care cost containment if legalized.
One of the biggest pressures put on the government in the past couple elections were the topic of
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health care containment costs. Euthanasia can become one of the loop holes in the government
cut downs to save money for health care. If legalized the cut back on health care can be replaced
by the “cure” of death. Take Oregon as an example, a law was passed stating legalization of
assisted suicide and later was confirmed that physician assisted suicide was going to be paid for
by the Oregon Health Plan. Docters treating patients under managed care are at risk of being
financially flushed by providing treatment, thus putting pressure on them to refuse it in any
means possible. Taxes can be reduced worldwide as the costs of running hospitals go down with
the number of inpatients they have filling up beds that could be used for people whose lives can
actually be saved. According to Wesley J. Smith, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute he says,
“...drugs used in assisted suicide cost only about $40, but that it could take $40,000 to treat a
patient properly so that they don’t want the “choice” of assisted suicide…” This emphasizes the
fact that it would be financially benefitial to all sides of the party to legalize euthanasia to
improperly “treat” patients to be far more financially stable. This is wrong because people get
rich off patients dying due to improper treatment or no treatment at all. If legalized, it would
eventually become all about the economy and less about the patients.
Euthanasia would eventually become non-voluntary over-time. If euthanasia was to be
legalized it would give depressed or financially struggling individuals to have an excuse to
volunteer for “treatment” when on the contrary they could be treated and live their life. Simply...
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