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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