In the article ” Wrongfulness of the Euthanasia” by J. Gay-Williams he express how wrong it is to conduct euthanasia on a human life. Gay-Williams goes on to say that if we as a society continue to allow euthanasia that it will just be used as a scapegoat to killing human life at any sign of suffering. Gay-Williams feel we will miss out on “miraculous” recoveries of painful and fatal sick because we are not giving the body time to heal. i feel Gay-Williams is not being realistic about his argument. Euthanasia is used as a last resort for those with painful and fatal illness to die with some dignity. Family members and spouses feel that their love one’s have gone beyond the means of suffering and decides to ease the pain by granting death.
Unless you have witness someone suffering with bone cancer, lung cancer, AIDS, Leukemia you cannot really justify ruling out euthanasia. Family members and spouses do not come to terms easily to make a decision about a matter as serious as death, but the decision must be made. Doctors are usually always consulted to see if euthanasia is the right direction to go. The reasoning behind this is because doctors never want to give up on a patient and family and spouses know this and respects their suggestion. i feel that Gay-Williams have not looked at hard numbers to make an educated argument to rule how many euthanasia death occur yearly.
|1998||16||6/10,000 total deaths|
|1999||27||9/10,000 total deaths|
|2000||27||9/10,000 total deaths|
|2001||21||7/10,000 total deaths|
|2002||38||13/10,000 total deaths|
Let’s take Oregon in the years of 1998-2002 were there physicians assisted suicide death were not that high. Not many family actually go through with the decision to decide death for a loved one. this means the Gay-williams theory was excessive of the slippery slope he was trying to draw from.
I feel when that option to relieve a family member of pain and suffering I would like to have euthanasia available as an option to ease that pain with death.