28 October 2014
In today’s world there is a multitude of controversial topics that are discussed daily. One of these topics is euthanasia. Euthanasia is also knows as assisted suicide and is used to end the suffering of a person who has an illness or physical injury that can’t be cured. Because euthanasia involves death, it is a very sensitive topic. The different viewpoints contribute to the opinions that people have about euthanasia. People with a heavy religious culture are more likely to be against it, whereas people suffering from a life threatening or terminal disease are not. Euthanasia is currently only allowed in the ...view middle of the document...
Eareckson is a disability advocate and the founder of Joni and Friends International Disability Center promoting life, human dignity and the value of all individual from a biblical perspective. She was injured ina diving accident in 1967 and is one of the longest living quadriplegics. Like many that oppose,she believes Maynard is missing a critical factor in her death which is God. She believes she should not forget about God who is the one that has the right to decide when life begins and ends. Because God is not taken into account people think they can make the choice themselves, that they are better off dead than disabled. Doctors in the Netherlands for instance, are able to decide if a child with a disability should live or die because if the child or parents are going to suffer it’s better for the child to be euthanized. Maynard is influencing many people to believe assisted-suicide is the answer to their problems. Eareckson wants to society to help lift people out of depression through compassionate support and family assistance rather than letting them even consider euthanasia. Euthanasia does not strengthen the common good it only separates and dismantles people who care for one another. “If I could spend a few moments with Brittany before she swallows that prescription she has already filled, I would tell her how I have felt the love of Jesus strengthen and comfort me through my own cancer, chronic pain and quadriplegia” Eareckson says in her commentary. Not only will Maynard wake up on the other side of her grave to face a grim and joyless existence without life but also without God. Eareckson doesn’t believe Maynards choice is not personal or private because she has influenced many and started a controversy of whether more states should adopt the law or not. Many people also think that because they are in hospice it makes it right for them to want to choose euthanasia, but that doesn’t enhance the palliative care that is supposed to be delivered in a hospice service. A hospice service is supposed to provide the best care and comfort in the last days, weeks, or months of a patient. “There are not good laws throughout the U.S that help people die with dignity, laws that provide advanced pain management therapies for people dealing with intractable pain, plus people have the legal right to refuse treatment if they don’t want it.” She believes that legalizing assisted suicide may also send a bad signal to families who don’t have access to health care dollars. In other words telling those people they won’t provide health care but will make it easier to die faster.
Maynard believes she is free to choose death over life due to her terminal illness. She wants to raise awareness about “dying with dignity” so people can choose when they take their final breath. She doesn’t want to die from it having to suffer, she rather...