Over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, causing death in more
than half of them over the same period of time. (Lieberson).
According to studies
done on the pain and suffering of 988 terminally ill patients from 6 randomly selected
U.S. sites, 496 (50%) terminally ill patients reported moderate or severe pain from the
mid stages of their illness. In the last stages of their illness, over 250 of those 496
patients, reported severe and unbearable pain.( Dept. of Clinical Bioethics )
We as Americans offer out our hand to help other nations who suffer, regularly. We
assist these nations with armed forces, financial aid, medical needs, food, etc. in order to
keep them from suffering. But when it comes to the American people’s right not to suffer,
we deny them. We deny terminally ill Americans the right to end their suffering. We
force them to live out their life in physical torment. We deny them the right to die with
dignity. We as Americans are kinder to animals when it comes to this issue. If our
beloved pet is suffering, we euthanize them out of love and with the aspect it’s the
humane thing to do.
Terminally ill patients rights have been in question for decades. Patients seeking relief
from the suffering of the illness is looked upon by society as taboo. The word suicide,
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places a negative aspect to the topic of one wanting to be released from the pain and
suffering they are enduring from their illness. Patients rights to not endure the treatments,
medications, loss of mobility, loss of bodily functions, loss of coherent thought process
are being gravely ignored. We as Americans need to step up and start treating these
people with the common respect and care we express to a stray dogs on the street, that is
Many people view medically assisted suicide as a way for Americans to start murdering the elderly for financial gain or patients who have become immobile and the
burden of care is becoming too much to handle. With an appointed medical board
overseeing each case, I don’t find this reason plausible. We allow our medical community
to make far more important decisions on life and death situations all the time. Why
should this be any different?
Further more, we need to get away from the word suicide and call it for what it is.
Euthanasia, and by definition means “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death
of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively
painless way for reasons of mercy” (Merriam-Webster).
There are already types of
euthanasia being legally practiced through out the world. Involuntary euthanasia is one of
the most commonly practiced types in America. The term involuntary euthanasia is
used to describe the killing of a person who has not explicitly requested aid in dying. This
term is most often used with respect to patients who are in a persistent vegetative state
and who probably will never recover consciousness. And we participate in this on a daily
basis in abortion clinics all over the United States and the world. Another example is,
“pulling the plug” on a loved one who’s quality of life is non-existent. We allow our
medical society to decide when taking a patient off life-support is appropriate. Why can’t
we allow them to do the same thing for the terminally ill? Another form is passive
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euthanasia. This term means, refusing treatment that could prevent one from dying,
the disease, but not deny the pain that is inflicted upon a patient by an illness that has
already begun claiming the life.
Advances in medicine have led to people being kept alive who would have previously
died. But in most cases, the quality of life they have saved, is nothing less than appalling;
the loss of mobility, communication, needing 24 hour care, the use of pain killers, the list
goes on and on. We need to take responsibility for our sick. We need to show the humane
compassion we so easily show other nations. We need to care for them as we do our own
beloved pets. It is ridiculous the degree in which the terminally ill are left to the barbaric
practices from back in the stone age. We have the knowledge to make educated choices
on issues of this nature. But time and time again, our choices are being denied.
As our nation evolves and efforts continue to extend life, we need to keep in mind the
people who are suffering right now. Pain staking treatments or letting the illness run its
course, are the only two options that are legally available at this point. The right to end
one’s life should be left to that person. Who are we to judge or inflict our views and
opinions on another American who should have the right to end their suffering? The
overall physical toll one has to endure is incomprehensible. The financial burden is
overwhelming to the point that some patients cannot afford to finish out their treatment.
Not to mention the emotional damage it does to the loved ones who must sit by and watch
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as their beloved family member is being legally abused. I say, allow American citizens to
make that choice, if he/she chooses to die, without the suffering.