Euthanasia, or end of life, is when a person's life is ended either actively, or passively, to prevent suffering. An example of actively ending someone's life would be by administering a lethal injection, and passively ending someone's life would be by not keeping a feeding tube supplied, and taking away a basic necessity.

What is Hospice?

Hospice is care for people whose illnesses have reached the point where treatment is futile. Basically, it allows someone to die comfortably. It doesn’t quicken or prolong death

A “Pro” of Euthanasia

One issue that is facing the world right now is the issue of organs. With modern science, organ transplants have become more and more common. However, there is a major shortage of organs in the world, and doctors are constantly looking for ways to get organs.

People who are in PVS are mostly perfect candidates to be organ donors. This means, that if people where allowed to die, they could potentially save the lives of several other people. This strongly coincides with utilitarianism, because the greater happiness far outweighs the loss.

Euthanasia Protestors

What do I think is Right?

What I think is right is that people should have the right to their own death. I understand the religious argument, but I think that it is up to a person and their family to decide what they want. If a person who has a disease like Huntington’s wants to die because they feel like their life is painful and not worth living, they should be able to do it. If someone is in a persistent vegetative state, they should be allowed to die, and not have to be kept alive until they are sixty pounds and hooked up on all kinds of machines.

What’s the deal with a living will?

A living will is something that, if you have the funds to create it and know exactly what you want in the event of a serious accident, can be extremely eventful. It can specify what would happen (i.e. whether or not you want them to pull the plug on you), if you’re in a pvs. This can, for the most part, ensure that your wishes are taken care of.

Taking care of someone in a persistant vegetative state is difficult and extremely expensive. It usually costs around $450 dollars a day, and the patient needs to be moved around so bedsores don’t formed, and their needs need to be taken care of.

One of the hardest parts about dealing with someone in a Persistent Vegetative State is that they may appear to acknowledge that you are beside them, but it’s just coincidence.

A Persistant Vegetative State…

is a wakeful unconscious state that persists for more than a few weeks.

There is irreversible damage done to the upper brain, but the brainstem is still intact, which is what controls basic functions like blinking.

Even if someone comes back from a PVS, they will never be able to function normally again, and will have to be taken care of. Is it worth it?

Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia is illegal in the UK

do people not have a right to an easy death?

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