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Euthanasia: Should humans be given the right to play God?

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Euthanasia: Should humans be given the right to play God?

Mahjabeen Hassan

Should humans be allowed to play the role of God? Legalizing euthanasia would do just that! The power to play with people's lives should not be handed out under a legal and/or medical disguise. Thus euthanasia should not be legalized.

The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. It is the one of the most public policy issues being debated about today. Also called 'mercy killing', euthanasia is the act of purposely making or helping someone die, instead of allowing nature to take its course. Basically euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion. On the contrary, it promotes abuse, gives doctors the right to murder and in addition, is contradictory to religious beliefs.

Whether one agrees or not, past experiences as well as the present continuously point out that euthanasia promotes abuse. Dr. J Forest Witten warned that euthanasia would give a small group of doctors "the power of life and death over individuals who have committed no crime except that of becoming ill or being born, and might lead toward state tyranny and totalitarianism." (1)

An example of this very statement by Dr. J Forest Witten was seen in Pennsylvania, in 1947 when forty seven year old Ellen Haug admitted having killed her ailing seventy-year-old mother with an overdose of sleeping pills. Her excuse was that she couldn't endure her crying and misery. Ellen said that her mother had suffered too long and Ellen, herself was on the verge of collapse. Her excuse was that "if something had happened to her, what would have become of her mother?" (2) Her reason was not only vain; as a matter of fact it was very selfish. Ellen was not putting her mother out of misery but she was getting herself rid of a responsibility. She was merely taking the advantage of calling her cold-blooded murder euthanasia. Likewise, a recent Dutch government investigation of euthanasia came up with some disturbing findings. In 1990, 1,030 Dutch patients were killed without their consent. Twenty-two thousand and five hundred deaths were caused due to withdrawal of support, 63% (14,175 patients) were denied medical treatment without their consent and twelve percent (1,701 patients) were mentally competent but were not consulted. These findings were widely publicized before the November 1991 referendum in Washington State, and contributed to the defeat of the proposition to legalize lethal injections and assisted suicide.(3) Euthanasia, at the moment is illegal in most parts of the world. In the Netherlands it is practiced widely even though it remains illegal. The Dutch incident is an ideal example of how euthanasia has promoted abuse in the past and therefore as the old proverb goes we should "learn from past mistakes to avoid future ones".

Euthanasia gives physicians, who are only humans-the right to murder. Doctors are people who we trust to save and cure us, we regard them as the people who have been trained to save our lives but euthanasia gives doctors the opportunity to play God and most seize this opportunity. A perfect example of an opportunist would be Dr. Jack Kevorkian, better known as "Dr. Death" who took advantage of his patients' sorrows and tragedies and murdered them. In fact, Kevorkian has helped more than 100 people commit suicide and not all of his patients were terminally ill. In addition, in the late 1980s the lunatic created a machine for murder, it was a "suicide machine" that allowed a person by pressing a button, to dispense a lethal dose of medication to himself or herself. Later, Dr. Kevorkian was sentenced to ten to twenty-five years in prison for second-degree murder for providing lethal injection to a seriously ill patient.(4) Dr. Jack Kevorkian, however, is not the only example of a doctor who tried to "play God".

One can also learn a lot from the mass murder that took place in Germany during World War II. Over 100,000 people were killed in the Nazi's euthanasia program. During the War, the doctors were responsible for, selecting those patients who were to be euthanized, carrying out the injections at the killing centers, and generating the paperwork that provided a medically credible cause of death for the surviving family members. Surprisingly, organizations such as the General Ambulance Service, Charitable Sick Transports, and the Charitable Foundation for Institutional Care transported patients to the six killing centers, where euthanasia was accomplished by lethal injections or in children's cases, slow starvation.(5) Throughout the past and the present, euthanasia has given doctors an excuse to get away with their crimes; it has given mere humans the power to play God.

The physician's role is to make a diagnosis, and sound judgments about medical treatment, not whether the patient's life is worth living. They have an obligation to perform sufficient care, not to refrain from giving the patient food and water until that person dies. Medical advances in recent years have made it possible to keep terminally ill people alive for beyond a length of time even if it is without any hope of recovery or improvement. The American Medical Association (AMA) is well known for their pro-abortion campaigns and funding. Ironically, the AMA funds many hospices and other palliative care centers. They have a firm stand on life. The AMA has initiated the Institute for Ethics, designed to educated physicians on alternative medical approaches to euthanasia during the dying process.(6)

Other than promoting abuse and giving doctors the right to murder, Euthanasia also contradicts religious beliefs. Euthanasia manages to contradict more than just one religion and is considered to be gravely sinful. For instance, the Roman Catholic Church has its own opinion on Euthanasia. The Vatican's 1980 Declaration on Euthanasia said in part "No one can make an attempt on the life of an innocent person without opposing God's love for that person, without violating a fundamental right, and therefore without committing a crime of the utmost sin." It also says that "intentionally causing one's own death, or suicide is therefore equally wrong as murder, such an action on the part of a person is to be considered as a rejection of God's sovereignty and loving plan."(7)

In fact, a Jewish Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits warns that a patient must not shrink from spiritual distress by refusing ritually forbidden services or foods if necessary for healing; how much less he may refuse treatment to escape from physical suffering. As there is no possibility of repentance or self-destruction, Judaism considers suicide a sin worse than murder. Therefore, euthanasia, voluntary or involuntary is forbidden.(8)

Islam too finds euthanasia to be immoral and against God's teachings. Actually, the whole concept of a life not worthy of living does not exist in Islam! There is absolutely no justification of taking life to escape suffering in Islam. Patience and endurance are highly regarded and rewarded values in Islam. Some verses from the Holy Quran say- "Those who patiently preserve will truly receive a reward without measure" (Quran 39:10) and "And bear in patience whatever (ill) may befall you: this, behold, is something to set one's heart upon" (Quran 31:17). The Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) taught "When the believer is afflicted with pain, even that of a prick of a thorn or more, God forgives his sins, and his wrong doings are discarded as a tree sheds off its leaves." When means of preventing or alleviating pain fall short, this spiritual dimension can be very effectively called upon to support the patient who believes that accepting and standing unavoidable pain will be to his/her credit in the hereafter, the real and enduring life. (9) This shows that euthanasia is contradictory to most religious beliefs and is certainly baloney to those who believe in God and the sanctity of life.

Euthanasia should not be legalized. It is by no means a solution to human suffering. Though euthanasia is a controversial subject, it is evident that it only disrupts the normal pattern of life and leads toward creating a more violent and abusive society. Life is a gift and not a choice and practices such as euthanasia violate this vital concept of human society.



(1) Humphry, Derek and Wicket, Ann. "The Right to Die:Understanding Euthanasia." End of Life and Euthanasia, the above-mentioned book can be found here.
(2) Humphry, Derek and Wicket, Ann. "The Right to Die:Understanding Euthanasia."
(3) Anti-Euthanasia Homepage
(4)Cavan, Seamus. "Euthanasia: The Debate Over the Right to Die."
(5) Humphry, Derek and Wicket, Ann. "The Right to Die:Understanding Euthanasia."
(6) American Medical Association Homepage
(7) Humphry, Derek and Wicket, Ann. "The Right to Die:Understanding Euthanasia."
(8) Humphry, Derek and Wicket, Ann. "The Right to Die:Understanding Euthanasia."
(9) Euthanasia and Islam.



Continuing conversation
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10/10/2005, from a Reader on the Web

Hi, I read your artical on Euthansia and about humans 'playing god' and I do believe that killing people is worng. In Holland, having all those deaths where people did not give consent was wrong, terrible in fact, but your information is also wrong. Throught the article you were saying that in some hospitals people were being Euthansied without consent and that children were even 'being starved to death.' Thats wrong. Euthanasia is when someone gives consent to being killed, so without consent that isn't euthanasia that's murder. I would also likew to point out (and I am a catholic) that alot of people who need Euthanasia legalised are extreamly sick, and should have the right to end there life, not being able to do that they need the help of a doctor. Alot of people would be swayed by that letter, but people need to see the other side of the story, hear the stories of the people who are dying and need euthansia to put them out of their pain. I don't have much faith in the justice system, but if Euthanasia was legalised anfd a bill was passed stating that you need to have a document signed saying you have permission from the person then less people will die, because it will be more controlled.

10/28/2005, from a Reader on the Web

This reply is in response to the article by Mahjabeen Hassan: Should humans be allowed to play the role of God? It is quite presumptive of Mr. Hassan to contend that God has anything to do with the daily lives, most especially, the birth and death of human beings. For most people who believe in evolution - including those who do believe in God - or the Christian New Testament (to distinguish from the Christian sects who have augmented or modified Christian doctrine), God is not involved in decisions of birth and death at all. It is an obvious judgement of life and one's perspective in it, to presume that decisions about whether we live or whether and when we die, are god-like decisions. It is also a judgement of life to decide whether one should live with pain and agony, knowing full-well that they have a terminal illness from which there is no known recovery. It is also a by-product of man-made technology's power to keep people alive past historic limits of illness and ailment. This too is a judgement call and it is made by human beings. Because I live in a secular society, that differentiates between values established and accepted by the majority of society and those established by "god" and his religious administrators, I think and believe that it is everyone's right to determine the amount of suffering they must and can endure in their lifetime on the planet earth. It should not up to fellow society members to decide that they must endure and live in pain because of differing viewpoints on who is responsible for their life on earth. If it is part of your "faith" not to choose this course of action, then live according to your "faith", but you should not impose it on others - then you have become the cause of their suffering because now it is your belief system that they are living by. While I agree that it probably should not up to medical doctors to make that sole decision, there should be some kind of governmental process whereby a human being can apply for "mercy" and a physician can, with approval, administer a "mercy" method for an ailing human being. I am sure there are abuses by physicians or family members with the shortening or extending of someone's life, and for that reason I believe that doctors should have to receive approval to administer a "mercy solution" for an ailing patient. However, to require certain people to suffer pain and agony until their expiration is rather god-like in itself. If you couple that with the medical professions ability to extend life past the capabilities of natural means (life support devices), then who is really playing god? Steven Mitchell

12/24/2005, from a Reader on the Web

a very good, insightful article on euthanasia, it truly helped my understanding of the subject from a different perspective. thanks!

01/03/2006, from a Reader on the Web

Miss Hassan: I found your article to be thought-provoking and well-written. Keep it up!


Additional comments made prior to 2007
today, euthanasia arouse huge debates in society, and people wrestle their intentions but they don't know legalizing euthanasia is right or not.
in my view, euthanasia should be legalized. that'swhy, everyone has the right to die with dignity and doctors don't have the right to control a life. if people can't stand their terinally ill it's worse to bekept alive. But euthanasia should be legelized in certain circumstances to prevent misuses of "euthanasia tourism", and it need civil society's participation, not only politician. if the person terminally ill its' hard to enjoy life and they really can't give-up. i think euthanasia involves love and compassion ... Miiga, 27 February 2006



hello my name is mariam. i thought your article was the best and helped me alot with my debate in school in karachi. thank you. just one thing. you managed to loook at both sides of the debate ... Mariam, 30 August 2006



I don't see how a woman, who can no longer take hearing the suffering of her own mother, is a murderer. No one wants their loved ones to live on in agony. My dying grandmother begged to be put out of her pancriatic cancer misery. The doctors simply stopped forcing medicine through her vains. The medical intervention was "playing God". I think many would change their tune if they were suffering and going through a living hell. The U.S. says we have a right to a quality of life and a "pursuit of happiness" during our life. If I don't have the motor ability to end the pain myself, I want someone to do it for me and not be charged as a murderer. That will be my pursuit of happiness- death. Church and state are SUPPOSED to be seperate, but they never really are ... Reader on the web, 4 December 2006



I read your article and what not i think some of the things you said is good becuase Some doctors do kill ... Kira, 2 March 2007



You say euthanasia is "playing God" and that we humans should not be able to play with peoples lives. But if someone is terminally ill and has tubes for breathing, they would have died without those so isnt THAT "playing God" also? If euthanasia should be illegal for that reason, then so should keeping people alive when natrually they would be dead ... Reader on the web, 7 March 2007


You accuse people of playing God by practcing euthanasia and prematurely ending life...but I ask, how is using artificial means to extend their life beyond what their body alone can handle NOT playing God?

I am undecided on the issue of euthanasia, and this is not an attack at you...just something to stir the pot a bit. I am interested in hearing your answer ... Zachary Skaggs, 24 March 2007



My Father, Ernest D. Whitehead Sr. was taken to the hospital on April 15, 2007. He had COPD and developed an infection. His temperature was 103. In the emergency room he was asked if he wanted to be resuscitated if his heart stopped beating. He said yes. The emergency room doctor said that legally, this ended the debate between my family, because my father's wishes had to be abided by the law. They went ahead and placed a respirator on my father and that night his heart did stop. He was resuscitated as he wished. My brother and sister had swarmed into the hospital with the wish that my father would die. They have wanted Power of Attorney over my parents for years. My father was very angry about this and I stood by him. Myself, my niece and a close friend were my father's caretakers. My brother and sister never took care of him. Occasional visits were all he received from them. But now, they were in the hospital wanting to make all of the medical decisions for him. Palliative care/Hospice also entered the picture without being invited. My father wanted to live. He wanted the respirator and the doctor had said it would be left in for 2 weeks and all that could be done for my dad would be. My brother and sister started having meetings with Palliative Care/Hospice and conned my mother into signing papers to have the respirator removed after only 4 days. At this time my father's temperature had returned to normal. While they were in the meeting, my dad's cardiologist came into daddy's room and when asked if he wanted the respirator, he shook his head yes. I asked the cardiologist, Dr Archer if he would put this in daddy's chart and he said he would, but he didn't. Daddy was alert and aware of what my brother and sister were doing. They told my mother he would be sent to Palliative Care on the fourth floor of the hospital. I told my mother they would take away his IV fluids, medications and nutrition. When she asked the nurse if this was true, the nurse said no. Daddy would receive his medicine, IV fluids and the ensure he was being given would be continued and that he could even possibly survive. I knew this was a lie. The respirator was removed and my father was drugged with morphine. I left the hospital very upset, knowing they would kill him. I returned to the hospital later that evening. The nurses in Palliative Care did not expect me to show up. When I walked into my father's room, the heat was turned up, he was laying on plastic with no sheet on his bed and was covered with blankets. His body, his gown and his bedding were drenched with sweat. They were dehydrating him to make him die faster. I walked to the nurses station where there was a sign that said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." How odd. I found daddy's nurse and asked why he was drenched in sweat. She said, "Oh Honey, his body fluids are just shifting." This is nonsense and I told her so. They very angrily gave my father a bath, changed his bedding and gown. He did not sweat any more ... Betty Layne, 30 April 2007


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amen bruddah :)

amen bruddah :)

Anonymous's picture

I happens more than you know

I'm a nurse and what the general public does'nt know is that doctors give us orders for medication that can easily be a lethal dose. Example: Morphine 10-60mg Q1-4hrs Pain. What that means is that I as a nurse can actually give my patient (on my judgment) anywhere between 10 and 60mg of Morhine every 1 to 4 hours. That means I can dose 60mg of morphine every hour if my patient is in pain. That will kill someone. I have called a doctor and explained to him my patient is still in pain and I have all ready given alot of Morphine and I am afraid to give more. The doctor then reminded me that this is a terminal patient. I told him that I'm afraid his respirations will stop. the doctors reply was simply "and..."

Anonymous's picture

Modern medicine keeps us alive

Modern medicine keeps us alive for decades longer than our natural lifespan. Millions of people take drugs (medical) and recieve treatment every day that prolong their life so if that isnt playing god i dont know what is but you havent mentioned that. Also, you failed to mention that Euthanasia literaly means "Good Health", so the doctors in Nazi Germany that you spoke of abused this word and changed the way people view it today. Comparing Murder to letting someone choose to die peacefully is unfair and unjust. The people who wrote this webpage sicken me with your VERY selective use of facts and twisted meanings.

J Eastcott's picture

Life Support turned off - isn't it the same??

Euthansia should be the choice of the patients, my mum has a condition that means she is in alot of pain and if the choice came that she could have a way out,I wouldn't want someones reputation or career to be on the line. When we decide to remove someones life support isn't that the same as euthansia!!

Mr. Awesome's picture

Thank you

Someone said it.

Anonymous's picture

It's nobody's

It's nobody's decision. So if the person wants to end there life, let them. It doesn't f---ing concern anyone else. Whatever the f---ing reason, how hurt would you be if a random unrelated lady in Georgia killed herself because she was going to die because of some disease anyway. It's nobody's business, so stay the f--- out of it. It concerns none of you, not even me.

emily kla's picture

euthanasia is wrong

i agree with euthaniasia bein wrong and liked the article u wrote helped me take a stand in my english class on euthaniasia and im referencin u an givin u credit good job mahjabeen hassan thank u and haters can disagree with u but no matter wut way u look at it ur playin god i love god and nature shud take it course no matter how bad ur sufferin they got to turn it around its not ur time its not ur time the end no questions

Anonymous's picture


Suffering with severe depression all my life. I would do it.

cool's picture

"thou shall not kill!"

"thou shall not kill!"

sheereen 's picture

should we have the authority to kill ourselves? hell nooooo

I firmly believe this euthanasia iz ridiculous no one has the right to kill anyone just because they r suffering and u think u should take there life away and assuming u giving them a relieff i agree to ur article and i believ only GOD iz the person who can take ur life away not any one else and even u arent suppose to kill urself or suicide thaz a big SIN!!!! thank u Ms hassan for writing thiz article makin these stupid people realize it's not right to take someone's life away and use it as an excuse ohhh they were suffering they were in pain. these stupid idiots in this world dont understand the fact that if god can bring u in this world he is the only person that can kill u alsooo !!!!!!

jason lee monski's picture

who cares what one does to end there suffering

in a world where one is living on life support is like living a big deppressing dream, no a nightnmare where one cant a waken. so in person experience, talking of my grandfather of course, it was his choose to stop the suffering he had. he was left damn near crippled after a bad fall two years ago, and just last april he choose to end his constant pain and suffering. so if you really need proof that euthanasia is doing god's work, than tell me this: WHERE IS THIS ALMIGHTY FIGURE? tell me where i can find him to ask why he crippled the man that was the only true family i had left in this fucked up world.

Shawntae's picture

I am a nurse and i witness

I am a nurse and i witness quite frequently the placement of life saving measures onto patients who if left without these measures would die a peacfull death with dignity, but due to the availability of these medical procedures, whether they be gt, (feeding tubes) iv's, ventilators, dialysis, even pacemakers. Yes I see miracles happen and it is wonderful that these advancements have occurred, but without them people would not be living, and just because they are available, should NOT mean that those are forced to have those. I have had family members pass on with debilating diseases (cancer, etc.) and have been a health care provider as well for patients, until you witness first hand their suffering and actually listen to their plights no one has the right to pass judgement.
For non medical persons they may see withholding food or medicines from their loved ones when they are dying as being euthanasia but it is not (most of the time of course, there are occassionals where people in our society are just cruel and wrong people but I am talking the normal occassion) We as people, as researches created these advancements, but by creating them WE PLAYED GOD so by administering these advancements we are playing God and if that is ok than it is ok to remove them or not place to begin with, PERIOD, no more questions. Those who disagree should not be able to disagree with that one point. 50 years ago people just passed on when they could no longer eat and drink, yes if someone is healthy and has difficulty swallowing with no other issues or non deadly health concerns feeding tubes are great, even for the 80 year old person who is otherwise healthy and could live 20 more years but is just suffering from difficulty swallowing, should have that right, for those these devices are WONDERFUl. Hospice nurses will tell you when the body is shutting down due to the dying process actually feeding and hydrating a person is only contributing to their pain, the body does not need this, the kidneys etc. are shutting down and can not process all of these functions, after all it is dying. The noisesand shallow breathing you hear is also part of the dying process, they could be quite comftorable or not, but this is again just part of it. Once these things begin to occur doing all of these medical things are cruel and more painful. Those who are diagnosed with a terminal condition see what is going to accur and may feel like I want to end it with dignity and not have to suffer, that should be THEIR RIGHT, not ours. Just as it is our right to what religion we choose, what school we go to, where we live, whether we are an organ donation, etc. We as a society have made it legal to pur our animals to sleep, to euthanise them, but we will not give our fellow loved ones that right, what is this society coming too.
I understand to each their own choice, but I feel Doctors should be given the right, legally to discuss with family members or patients (such as in Oregon)after a thorough process, to end someone's life peacefully and with dignity if they soo choose, for medical conditions. It is not fair for us to judge and take away someone's right to pass on with dignity and without suffering. Those who disagree can choose to do so, but the choice should still be left to individuals to decide on their own.

Winnie's picture

Should the “Right to Die” be Considered a Right?? Yes!

You can not convinced me!!!
Be more logical please! If you say human shouldn't take someone’s life by killing, you mean it's not proper for a theft take a person property with owner's consent! Ridiculous***

Anonymous's picture

right to die

Severe mental illness is unbearable. especially if you look normal. I would do it. Have no family and friends anyway.Tried every thing possible to deal with it. Does not go away. Don't want to end up in mental institute. Cant bring myself to do it.

Anonymous's picture

playing god?

since when did a debate on wheather euthanasia is right or wrong become a debate on religion and playing god?

euthansia is perfectly with givin the reasons...
if you are very ill/parralized, and you want to die with dignity abd end your pain you should be given that right

maryanne levasseur's picture

euhanasia is it ok?

What if two men went on Mount Everest and one of them were freezing and almost dying and he asked for his friend to move on or just kill him because he's going to freeze and die anyways.... would that make it ok?? I think everyone should die the naural way... when their old and they pass away of old age.... but if someone is on their last couple of moments and they asked to be killed.... should you? Or would you rather spend their last moment with them even when they went to die? Really in death i find there is no right or wrong answer. Yes it is painful to die.... but in the end everyhing happens for a reason.....? if someone was perfectly happy with living on a respirator then as long as they want to be on a respirator then they should..... And yes i realise it sounds stupid of me too say perfecly happy but they might think that if thats the only way for them to "be" with their family then they'll be happy in that way. NO one should ever take someones life away if hey a happy..... with their life.

kristina's picture

and for those of us...

Isn't it true that here in the United States that we have the right to choose our religion? Well what if you do not believe in god; therefore youre "people should not be alowed to play god." statement goes out the window. I believe your life is yours, to live and end as you damn well please.

mellville's picture

crap dude what if it were

crap dude what if it were you?any human wants to live longer!!!!

casey dakota johnson's picture

not true.. lets say your very

not true.. lets say your very sick.. and the doc said that you dont have much longer too live, plus you cant move or walk or do anything. why live longer?

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that was true i like your answer every human like to live longer.

Annanomus's picture

no! if you were in THAT MUCH

no! if you were in THAT MUCH PAIN then you wouldnt.

Anonymous's picture

now how wud u know the

now how wud u know the opinion of every human? there are so many who kill themselves...were they thinkin about wantin to live longer? no maybe not...sometimes theres alwys a fullstop to a persons thinking, wantings, and needs..and if their mind stops at the decision of dying...then its thier choice..but on the other hand..someone else takin the life of another without consent is just stupid...unless the one who wants to die with assistance is capable of makin a decision about their fate.

Annie's picture

Euthanasia is a very

Euthanasia is a very controversial subject and will probably never be settled. Everyone has their own thoughts and opinions and there will always be people bumping heads especially on a matter this complicated and complex.
I personally don't believe in euthanasia, i am a very strong believer in God and i do believe in miracles. To some this may sound childish and very silly, but like i said earlier on everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and opinions.
There have been occurances where people who have been in the most terrible of situations, where no one thought they would ever make it back out, and have miraculously survived. I have witnessed this personally. What if someone had felt that it was their duty to end that persons suffering just because they thought or felt they had the right to? No one knows what the future holds except for God himself and it is his responsibility and his alone to decide when it is a persons time to leave this earth.
I feel that a person should die when it is their time to not when they or anyone else feels it is.

A. Owens's picture

Playing God?

If this argument were correct it would state that we shouldn't save people either, because in doing so we're playing God as well. To end the life is just like extending it it require science. Something christians are so quick to discount and yet they use it medically all of the time. What if someone doens't believe in God, is it still wrong then? For a non christian to request death to ease the pain and suffering of their illness. It should be required that three physicians give a diagnosis on the patient requesting the euthanasia, the patient should be completely competent and capable of making this important decision. I don't think that's too much to ask. Have you ever seen someone suffocate? Watching someone's heart or lungs being overtaken with a cancerous mass as they lay in a bed of agony and doing nothing to ease their suffering. How vile such an act is, how inhumane. To refuse help to someone in a position and yet grant it to an animal. We even look at people who can make the difficult decision to ease the suffering of a pet as almost heroic, you grant them comforting words like "you did the right thing" and "at least they won't suffer any longer". We fail to see though that these are decisions we are making for animals because they can't request it on their own. So why when a competent and logical human being request this we refuse? For someone who doesn't believe in God it seems like a violation of their rights to grant them this because of a decision based on the personal religious beliefs of another human being.

Anonymous's picture

Iabsolutely love your idea

Iabsolutely love your idea and i support it all the way.

Anonymous's picture

Would that really be

Would that really be considered as playin God

Anonymous's picture

Perhaps the question should

Perhaps the question should be at what point should humans stop playing God? From the momement we are born, at least if we live in an industrialized country, we are given vaccinations to prevent us from succumbing to serious illnesses. We get antibiotics to combat infections and might undergo surgeries to remove a tumor or other body part that, if left unchecked, could result in our death. As we get older we receive medications for high blood pressure, diabeties, and other serious chronic illnesses, and as we get towards the life end, we often confront CPR, IV's and other interventions that keep us alive. Right now in the U.S., about 70% of all hospital deaths are the result of discontinuing or withholding some type of treatment. In Europe this practice (of withdrawing life support) is considered euthanasia but in the U.S. the argument is made that it is the underlying illness that causes the death. The point is, all of these forms of treatment involved someone else (a doctor) stepping in and "playing God" for the benefit of the patient. I agree that euthanasia, where a doctor administers a lethal dose of medication to end a patient's life, should not be permitted. But I also believe that when a person has a terminal illness, and is already dying, that they should have the option to ask a doctor for a prescription for a lethal dose of medication to end their life should they so choose. Such practice has been legal in the State of Oregon for ten years. Few use it (about 32 people a year on average), but for many it provides the assurance that if their condition gets to the point where no other form of treatment can relieve suffering there is an option of last resort. Playing God is what got patients to that point in the first place. If we create the problem we should also be part of its solution.