Greek word meaning “good death”: Euthanasia is defined as the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or coma.
Physicians have an ethical obligation to relieve the pain of suffering patients. Life support only postpones death, it doesn't cure or fix the issue at hand. Nobody should live their final moments like that.
As humans we all have agency. We’re able to make our own choices for good or bad, and we have to suffer the consequences. But telling someone they have the right to life, yet denying them the option to give that life away, doesn’t have the same ethical consistency.
Suicide will always be an issue; it will never go away. Everyone has been affected by someone trying to take their own life. Why not help and prep someone in a better way and allow their last moments to be peaceful and great instead of painful up until the end and still being blindsided by their choice? Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should be legalized.
Trevor Daley, St. George