Human Euthanasia: Could It Be a Good Thing?

28 May

 

Euthanasia of animals in controversial, even among those who love animals more than anything else. The reason it gets done is because there aren’t enough homes for all of the lovely animals in this world, and because urban environments allow populations of animals to grow past carrying capacity, which causes suffering of the animals.

There was once a man, Jack Kevorkian, who believed that human euthanasia could be useful. He wasn’t alone, and he never will be alone in that belief. The problem with human euthanasia is the need for a system to designate what would be within the law, and what would not. The circumstances under which human euthanasia would be acceptable could range from requests by terminally ill patients looking to end their own suffering, to requests by depressed patients who would otherwise lead a normal life. Beyond that, human euthanasia could be applied to those not contributing to society, or cause us to make judgment calls about the quality of life for extremely mentally or physically disabled people. We also have a tendency to be more attached to humans than we do animals, and the grieving process takes longer, so the lives of those who know the person in question would also need to be taken into account.

Keep in mind, we already use euthanasia to end the lives of prisoners. 

It could very well have the same implications that animal euthanasia does. It could decrease the amount that humans have overpopulated the world, which would help to decrease suffering not only in underdeveloped countries, but even our own back yards. The sick would no longer have to suffer, and those who wanted to end their pain, would have the option.

What do you think about human euthanasia? Do you think that terminally ill patients who may be suffering should have the right to choose their own fate? What kind of regulations would you propose if it was legal? Do you think capital punishment should be outlawed?

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2 Responses to “Human Euthanasia: Could It Be a Good Thing?”

  1. Reece Young Jae Kim May 28, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Reblogged this on Impazziamo: Artistic.

  2. butimbeautiful May 28, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    My mum has terminal cancer and really wants to die. She’s 92. But she can’t get the drugs needed to do it, or anyone to help her, or even give information to her. It’s horribly cruel, considering my sister’s dog was put down with cancer recently and passed away gently and happily in a few seconds. So I do believe in human euthanasia, and think it should be either for societal purposes (to get rid of people who are just hopelessly serious offenders eg child abusers) or for people who’ve had enough. Life is a gift, it shouldn’t be forced on people who don’t want it, in my view.

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