Since time immemorial, religions of the world have been against suicide, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. However difficult the situations are, there has been no point in time that these sins of death approved and undertaken without debates arising. The legal systems in different countries around the world are making attempts to prove that these acts can be of help despite the allegations against them. There exist beliefs that no being has a right to end a life of their own or others and therefore is considered wrong. Some people do not find these acts sinful; in the cases of one suffering from an incurable disease and is in pain, it is not right to perform the actions.
Instead of focusing on taking one’s life, other alternatives should be considered. Research shows that other alternatives to treatment are available; such as hospices and palliative care, rather than offering assistance to ending the lives of these patients with extreme pain and illnesses. Reports from other countries where euthanasia is legal reveal that doctors do not really report and therefore, these acts cannot be controlled (Emanuel, et al., 2016). By giving doctors the right to decide when a patient’s life is not worth living anymore, the cases of voluntary and involuntary euthanasia will rise and will never find solution to these cases.
In most cases, the pro-euthanasia and physician assisted suicide lobby will present the view that it is the most compassionate thing to do for a loved one. The truth is that the most compassionate thing to do for a loved one is to convince and encourage them that the road is not ended yet and there is a lot more to live for, other than helping or agreeing to their requests of ending their lives. The laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide should be amended so that patients or doctors or any other individuals do not make attempts of ending lives as it is considered murder. Other ways of dealing with this menace should be brought to light.
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