Right to End Life (Euthanasia)


If we assume that every human being has a “right to life,” then it logically follows that every human being has a “right to end their life”.


People should have the right to die if they wish. For instance, if a pet were to develop a serious injury or illness that couldn’t be cured, what would we do? Even though we love that pet, we would most likely have it humanely “put to sleep”. Common sense tells us to put the animal out of its misery. However, when it comes to humans, we try to prolong that misery for as long as possible. So… why do we insist on delaying death when there is little or no hope for a return to a quality life?

As a practical point of view, euthanasia can be considered morally right because it decreases the amount of misery in the world. An individual rules over his own body and mind, if one wants to die quickly, rather than linger in pain, that is a personal choice which an individual should be allowed to make for himself.

Human life is sacred, but where is the sacredness in a frail body suffering with pain? There is nothing sacred about suffering. We place human beings above animals, but we will put a suffering animal out of its misery. Can we justify any less compassion for a human?

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  • Godfrey

    If we assume that every human being has a “right to life,” then it logically follows that every human being has a “right to end their life”…. Logical fallacy! The right to life is an inalienable right. It was not given nor determined by any individual or state . It has always been a natural right and therefor it is not anyone’s to take it away. An inalienable right is a right that comes from God. What an absurd quote. Nagmamagaling ang nagsulat nito!

    • fed

      the write is just making a probability judgement based on conditional probabilities.

    • rena

      i agree with your comment. we have no right to end the life of human even if they suffer from severe illnesses or suffering with pain. only god can take away our life.

  • Winnie Veneracion

    Spoken like a true atheist! But for us believers, we believe that there is dignity in every human person and that this life must be upheld and protected from the time of conception up to the time of natural death. No one has the right to take away somebody else’s life, not even his/her own. If you allow Euthansia, are you also saying suicide should be allowed as well? Euthanasia is murder plain and simple. The intention to end the suffering may be a good intention, but the end can never justifies the means.

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  • che

    You don’t have any inch of right to end a human life. Nothing. In any kinds of reasons or excuses, taking away someones life is wrong in any perspective.
    If you’re heart is aching while watching this person suffering from pain you must encourage him/her to live rather that take the pain in easy way aka euthanasia.
    The way you use common sense and morale is your own, not everybody’s view.
    (Ikaw ang nahihirapang makita ang taong nassaktan,ang hindi mo lang alam, nilalabanan niya ang sakit na ito.)

    • Jose

      tapos may mga “crooked” na doctor ooferran ka ng gamot worth 1 million or 3 million na “PROBABLY” makaka boost DAW ng immune system.

      Healthcare is a lucrative business. Kung sa mga doctor nakikita nilang malaking pagkakataon itong bentahan ng procedure/katayin/medications ang pasyente, ang mga nurse naman dapat mag comfort and fight for the right of the patient.

  • Gianina

    Ever since I was able to count or read, I know that I am a “Pro Life” type of person. And when I tooled up and graduatEd as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I was totally against Euthanasia. But now as a professional, seeing some frail-hopeless case patients, I am staring to think it’s possibility. Their suffering, their unverbalized thoughts, their grunts, blank stares, their frail-cachexic human body…. Now, where’s the quality in life with that? I just don’t know know anymore. I am left speechless.

  • Cynthia A. Alfonso

    This article is very disheartening and disturbing, to say the least. Disheartening that it should even be written and published in a “Filipino Nurses” blog… Disturbing that it should even be considered by nurses, esp Filipino nurses… Nurses are swore to do no harm and to preserve life, not end life. Filipino value the elderly, the sick, the dying. Thus, to be a nurse and a Filipino go contrary to euthanasia, mercy killing, assisted suicide, etc… Nurses… Filipino nurses… Christian Filipino nurses do NOT breath nor believe nor live death… We are people who declare MABUHAY!!!

  • right to end their life?..its suicide, not euthanasia.

  • Somewhere

    Well, I see your point. The fact is that pain is a natural thing for everyone. We handle problems, inconveniences and overcome challenges in our daily lives. Problems are natural among human beings; it’s how the problems are handled that we are defined.

    Now the question is what are we going to do about it? The answer to that is affected by our purpose in life.

    Anyways, here are a few more that I’d like to tackle:
    There are different kinds of sufferings – here’s the two I’d like to highlight in this topic: physical and spiritual. Merong malapit na mawala sa piling natin, pero they still keep a high spirit for different reasons (gusto pa makapiling ang mahal nila sa buhay kahit paano). Let’s just respect their choice rin.

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