In 2016, 5 people were killed every day by assisted suicide in Belgium. That maybe doesn’t seem a lot to you, But if we multiply the premise from daily scale to annual scale (365 days). Then we can conclude that 1,825 people were dead because of assisted suicide in Belgium.
Now many people and organizations still opposing euthanasia. The subject itself is still discussed and debated in many forums. Today, I am gonna tell you why Euthanasia should be legalized but with very strict laws and regulations.
First, I am gonna quote a monologue from the movie named “You Don’t Know Jack” starred by Al Pacino. The monologue said “So if you are unconscious, they have the right to turn off the feeding tube and let you die. But if you are conscious and rational and begging for assistance, to be allowed to die. We refused, we refused.” I have to say this is a brilliant quote, and this quote represents what I think how the government should do toward euthanasia. That’s why this quote will be the main premise in this post.
So If a person involved in a tragic car crash that causes him to lose both his leg and arm and a week after the accident he wants to die in an assisted suicide act. Do you oppose his decision or support his decision. If you ask me, I have to oppose the decision. Because after he is involved in a tragic event, there is a big chance that it will trigger PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and many other disorders.
But what it has to do about why I oppose his decision? Well, the reason is that because PTSD or other disorder could actually impair his judgment and decision-making process. A research showed that “Judgement impaired is found among people with Post-traumatic stress disorder” For example, an impaired judgment people with MDD (major depressive disorder) will undervalue long-term rewards and overvalue risk.
So when a person desperately asking to die in an assisted suicide act today, and if we didn’t do it until the whole year is passed. There is a big chance that he will not want euthanasia anymore if we go check him again a year after the day he wants to commit suicide. That’s because the process called Habituation. Habituation is the process of getting used to after exposed to repeated exposure of the stimulus.
In this example, after the accident occurred, the person is shocked and traumatized responding to the condition of his disability. But after the time passed, he will get used to it. Maybe his family decided to make a machine that helps him to become more independent, or maybe there is a positive effect of his disability that couldn’t be achieved if he didn’t involve in the accident like spending more time with his family, etc. Because of that, we can conclude that his decision of assisted suicide in the first week after the accident is irrational and influenced by the current event and condition.
Let me go back to the quote that I told you before. The quote says that “So if you are unconscious, they have the right to turn off the feeding tube and let you die. But if you are conscious and rational and begging for assistance, to be allowed to die. We refused, we refused.” This quote says that we should allow the person to die in an assisted suicide act if the person is conscious and rational and begging for assistance. So if the person is irrational like the example I told you before, then we should not allow the person to commit suicide.
Then what is the solution? The solution is to test the person’s judgment and rationality with careful examination and analysis before deciding to perform euthanasia. So we could know that euthanasia is the rational choice that he/she make. Because of that, the laws of euthanasia need to be very strict with a series of careful examination. To make sure that euthanasia is performed to the right person. In this way, we could minimize the slippery slope of non-voluntary euthanasia that many people worried about and also to prevent performing euthanasia with a person that doesn’t need euthanasia.
But why euthanasia should be allowed in the first place? In my opinion, euthanasia is allowed to stop the indomitable and unbeatable suffering or pain that people will experience in the future. For example, people with ALS or Alzheimer certainly knows that in not too distance future he/she will experience the most painful stage of their illness if they still alive. Because the chance of stopping and preventing the illness is very slim, rather than waiting the time ticking illness, he/she want to end it first to prevent the worst possible scenario.
Because I think that people that incapable of remembering who is his/her family, how to walk, etc (Alzheimer) and the incapable of moving every muscle in your body (ALS) is far and far worse than to die peacefully with euthanasia. If you want to know the condition of people with illness that want to commit suicide with euthanasia, go click the video that was made by Vice (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgj2VXltbuI) or watch the movie You Don’t Know Jack, which is a brilliant true story movie based on the life of Dr. Kevorkian the man who brought euthanasia legalization to several states in the U.S.
In conclusion, I think countries should perform euthanasia only for people that suffer from an incurable disease and only for people that rationally made the decision. To achieve that objective we should take the consideration of euthanasia seriously and with careful examination so that only people that need euthanasia that will have the right to commit suicide with euthanasia.
So what do you think about this post? Please share your opinion in the comment box, either you agree with me or not. So share your comment in the comment box below!
REFERENCES AND SUPPORTING ARTICLES
Will You Have Judgement Impaired with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? – EHealthMe, http://www.ehealthme.com/cs/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/judgement-impaired/.
Contributed by Jen Wilson, GoodTherapy.org Correspondent. “How Does PTSD Affect Decision Making in Depression?” GoodTherapy.org Therapy Blog, 2013, http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-does-ptsd-affect-decision-making-in-depression-1025131.
“Euthanasia Statistics.” Statistic Brain, July 2016, http://www.statisticbrain.com/euthanasia-statistics/.
“Habituation.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habituation.
Nordqvist, Christian. “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, Aug. 2016, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182951.php.
“Types of PTSD.” Psych Central, 2016, psychcentral.com/lib/types-of-ptsd/.
“You Don’t Know Jack (TV Movie 2010).” IMDb, IMDb.com, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132623/.