Should Euthanasia Be Legalized? Essay

1266 Words Aug 16th, 2015 null Page
For the past six years you have been unable to walk, unable to communicate with family, unable to carry out simple everyday tasks on your own. You live with a constantly growing sense of indignity, misery and helplessness. This was the life of Tony Nicklinson who, after being diagnosed with “locked-in syndrome” was denied the ability to pass away peacefully through euthanasia and was forced, as he described it, to remain in a “living nightmare”. Due to his condition, tony was left in a permanent vegetative state with no hope of recovery. He was denied peaceful passing by the high court judges on two occasions, once in 2010 and then again 2 years later. As a last resort Tony starved himself to death, and after a week without food, he died of pneumonia. If euthanasia is not legalised soon in Australia, there will be countless more people, like tony, who are forced to resort to inhumane methods to end their suffering. This needs to change.
The Oxford dictionary defines euthanasia as “the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma”. We live in the year 2015, and still it is illegal to grant an individual in need the right to a peaceful departure. Euthanasia offers patients the option to leave their life happier than they would have been otherwise. Furthermore, it is a decision that a patient should be given the right to in times of intense suffering, considering that it is their own life. Finally, the absence of…

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