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Reasons Opposing Euthanasia

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  Support for euthanasia is common in the world. For instance, in Belgium where euthanasia is legal, two twins, who were born deaf and realized they would also go blind and never see each other again, were assisted to die in a hospital. In this case, the doctor came to the decision after the twins convinced him that they could not bear the thought of never being able to see each other again. Doctors at the Brussels University Hospital administered a lethal injection on the twins, ending their lives. Belgium a high number of euthanasia cases, especially where patients are terminally ill, with approximately 1% of all deaths in Belgium being the result of euthanasia.

However, in this case, what was unusual was that none of the twins were terminally ill or in extreme physical pain, which has been the major supporting factor for euthanasia. The case showed that euthanasia was expanding and the conditions for its practice were relaxed, making the argument against euthanasia more important.   A core argument that contradicts euthanasia is based on religion; it contends humans are sacred creatures, and thus, only God can choose the end of a person’ s life (Snyder 58).

In this case, committing euthanasia is an act against God’ s will and is a sin. Belief in the sinfulness of euthanasia, as well as variations of these beliefs, is shared almost all religious faiths in the world, including Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Although euthanasia is a more complex issue among Buddhists and Hindus, who argue that the practice is an ethically acceptable act in particular circumstances, Buddhists and Hindus do not support this argument.

A different argument, an alternative argument, contends that no reason whatsoever should make an individual feel that their suffering is intolerable, whether it is mental suffering, physical suffering or both (Snyder 59). This is because of advances in mental health and palliative care. Therefore, if a patient has the right to healthcare within the best environment, no reason exists for them to seek a painless and dignified death.  

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