Would you kill a loved one who suffers for ages with no hope of recovery? This act of killing for mercy is known as euthanasia. It is widely practiced in some cultures even though most people look at as nothing short of homicide.
Euthanasia is the act of taking away life in order to end pain and suffering. It may be described as voluntary or involuntary depending on who gives the permission for the mercy killing. It has many benefits including:
A euthanasia machine (image from wikipedia)
- It decongests hospitals – Imagine a situation where a lot of patients line up for limited services that are being used by those on the brink of death. Euthanasia or mercy killing helps in creating space for more needy cases.
- It saves on the hospital bill – Mercy killing saves the family from an unnecessary big hospital bills. If the intervention is agreed upon by the patient in time, it might cut the bill by more than half especially for those in private hospitals.
- It makes death more acceptable – If the family members are involved in euthanasia, the death of their loved ones could be more acceptable than when it happens due to other causes.
- It relieves pain and suffering – Why prolong the agony of a dying man or woman? Mercy killing can relieve this pain and suffering for the patient as well as his or her family and therefore save them so much agony.
- Mercy killing lessens the cruelty of death – Almost everybody is scared of death, and more so the dying man or woman. Staying on that death bed for eons only increases the cruelty of death itself. Euthanasia lessens this cruelty.
- Better preparation – Imagine the idea of calling all friends and relatives and declaring that so and so will die on Thursday at 10.00pm. Isn’t that better than waiting by the deathbed for ages on end, wondering when the suffering would end?
- Euthanasia liberates loved ones – When a patient suffers for ages, loved ones often become transfixed and hope or wish for supernatural intervention but in vain. Mercy killing lifts a load from their shoulders and liberates them to go along with other activities.
Why would you advocate for mercy killing? If you didn’t have a reason to terminate the life of a terminally ill patient who constantly writhes in pain and agony, now you do.