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Euthanasia: The Benefits of Mercy Killing

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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.

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  1. Raj the Tora

    On October 31, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Very good points. One more thing is that euthanasia ensures that the body parts do not degrade too bad enough for being reused for another person. It makes organ transplants easier.

  2. Wiggles18

    On October 31, 2010 at 11:19 am

    It would allow us, as a human race, to advance more quickly, as we wouldn’t be wasting time and money on keeping people alive, who in nature wouldn’t last. We could instead use that time and money to do research in many fields. One could even say that in the long run euthanasia prevents more unneeded deaths, because we could cure some of the illnesses that result in unnecessary deaths, like cancer etc.

    If we even went on as far as the ancient Spartans did, and threw newborn over a cliff if they looked weak, deformed etc, we could speed up natural selection, creating hardy individuals.

    Great points.

  3. Starpisces

    On October 31, 2010 at 11:25 am

    very well written as usual, Jimmy….btw, it’s illegal here to do that at the first place, also this is a painful decision to be made, so it’s very difficult to decide, even though people know there are many “benefits’ but for loved ones, most people will want to wait for “miracles” though in their hearts they know the chances are very slim, they just want their loved ones to live longer, even it’s just a minute longer, on the other hand, they also want them to stop the suffering, so it’s very contradicting.

  4. Jenny Heart

    On October 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I believe that if someone is brain dead then the decision is more easily made. This is just my big hearted opinion.

  5. BluSphere

    On October 31, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Great article! – very interesting.

    Thanks for sharing,

  6. Jewelstar

    On October 31, 2010 at 11:57 am

    To see a person suffering in pain is terrible and to watch a loved one killed in such a manner of mercy killing is unbearable.

    I believe there is nothing impossible for Almighty God, as there was a similar situation for my mom. When doctors gave up hopes, I clinged on and she was completely healed.

  7. yes me

    On October 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Another top hit here I think Leo… personally if it was terminal, and the pain was a bit over the top, or just the suffering getting to you, and you do not want to continue then as the patient it should be your shout cheers.

  8. Minister Marlene

    On October 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    This is a tough topic. My sons father died Feb 09. He was on life support. His family made the decision to take him off the life support. Doctors said there was slim chance of recovery. If a certain operation was performed he may have lived but with possible brain damage.I know he would not have wanted that.
    No one wants loved ones to suffer. If it were my choice and I had the money I would have perhaps kept him on the support. But then I wonder if I would have. As I have my faith in God, it would depend on what I felt God’s answer was. In my son’s fathers case and from my own answers to prayer, I believe God was calling him home. It was his time.
    Your points can make sense although I believe we should not interfere with what I feel are God’s plans.
    In fact I believe we must not.

  9. bobie

    On October 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    its illegal.

  10. N. Sun

    On October 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Great share! You have some great points.

  11. Michal Dorcak

    On October 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Very good points. Though, I am more than certain that if a person close to me was suffering, hospital bills would be the last thing I would be thinking of.

  12. Ruby Hawk

    On October 31, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    This is a hard question. I saw my mother suffering in horrible pain and it was up to me and my brother in law to say give her the pain killer that shortened her life. Nobody else would. But in the case of a cousin, the family considered taking her off life support because doctors told them she would not come out of a coma, She survived and went home.

  13. Mr Ghaz

    On October 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    well said..good point Leo! thanks for this :)

  14. Guy Hogan

    On October 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    This debate will go on and on and on. And it should. There is no neat answer. Life is messy. And so is death.

  15. Christine Ramsay

    On October 31, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I would hate to be in such a position as I am not sure I could take a decision like that. I really don’t think saving money would be something I would be considering either, but I can understand that others might feel differently. You put over some good points.


  16. albert1jemi

    On October 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    great share

  17. clandestinef

    On October 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Euthanasia is not a good choice for me…Good article…

  18. Aiyanna

    On October 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I put down one of my pets in this manner and called myself a murderer as I shortened their lifespan.
    So tell me what is the difference between a mercy killer and a murderer, both are killing a human being. The only difference is the method, one has the ‘permission’ to kill and the other doesn’t. But who gives them the permission?? Yourself?? or the Creator. Certainly not the Creator, thats for sure…
    All the above reasons give a very materialistic and selfish approach to the way of handling. But hey, you are the one taking the life its all about you and how you feel.If you say its too hard, too complicated, too expensive, how much longer etc. You have programmed yourself to get negative of the person you are taking care of.
    What about the other person whose life you are taking??? Ever asked them how they feel???
    It is the selfishness of the human race around that breeds the feeling of unwantedness thereby giving them the guilt of being alive.
    Personally, I would prefer to take care of the person till their natural end as that is the ethical law of life and that is what I believe in, everyone deserves a chance in life however hopeless it may seem for we are not God, we are put on this planet with the same rights as the person whose life you want to take irrespective of the reason.
    I hold the same views on the death penalty too.

  19. Aiyanna

    On October 31, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Just one more question: How would you feel if the persons whose life you are proposing to take was you and someone else was making a choice of whether you live or die…
    A good but a very selfish onesided write….

  20. giritharanj

    On October 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    nice share – gj

  21. Afamefuna

    On October 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    it illegal,let stop all this 4Guds seck

  22. Afamefuna

    On October 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    it illegal,let stop all this 4Guds seck

  23. Brenda Nelson

    On October 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    if a person puts it in their will that they wish to be “euthanized” if their life left them in a condition for which there is no recovery, I am all for it..

    the concern would be that some people might just use it to get rid of an elderly parent to get inheritance quicker. so it MUST be something the individual has requested.

    7 billion of us.. no need to keep those of us alive much longer if we are only draining the system.

  24. LCM Linda

    On October 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Interesting topic. For people who have no hope to survive, maybe they can die peacefully and with dignity. But, will mercy killing be misused?

  25. Val Mills

    On October 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Another controversial article.

  26. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On November 1, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I haven’t heard of euthanasia. Need to ponder about it more before I write my comments.

  27. J M Lennox

    On November 1, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I am all for it. I have even made my family promise to not put me on life support if the situation arose. When the body decides its time to go – let it. Why prolong suffering for yourself and those you love? They are my reasons. Very good article.

  28. Anj M

    On November 1, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I think its a bit too harsh Jimmy. What if the person get well?

  29. suhail

    On November 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    You know when you suffer from sickness and see no cure to the pain death becomes soothing . No one should suffer beyond suffering its better to end it.

  30. lucia

    On September 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Euthanasia is a best solution, one can stand watching the one he love suffering

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