It's a topic missing on this forum I think. Personally, I would have to say that it's your life, nobody elses, and especially if you have a terminal disease that is leaving you in great discomfort, why should you be kept alive against your wishes and who has the right to do this?
I often hear the argument, God is the only one with the right to give and take life. Thing is, I don't believe in God, and if he leaves me in such pain as the unfortunate people that get these illnesses, then I don't want anything to do with him if he keeps me alive.
I hope this will spark an interesting debate.
Okay, I do believe in God, but I don't know why some people suffer horribly and others don't. I have an aunt who was a devout Christian and died from Lou Gehrig's disease. While I know that many in our family were hoping the suffering would end, SOON, she, her husband and children all appreciated every day. She lived long enough to see one granddaughter marry, and another one have graduate Valedictorian in her class. She lived long enough for my uncle to finish reading some books to her that she'd hoped to read for herself.
My cousin Linda said that they all hated to see how much pain she was in, but her spirit and love were so strong that they savored every minute. A long goodbye may not always feel good, but it can still be wonderful.
Euthanasia is a very slippery slope. First, I really am against the idea of our medical professionals who are forsworn to preserve life to be in the business of ending it. And I'd hate to see another whole industry springing up to serve the purpose.
Much as many things should be in the hands of states instead of the federal government, I think this is something that should be left in the hands of the individuals.
For example, you don't believe in God. If you want your life terminated at any point you cannot speak for yourself, possibly a living will or similar document should be able to serve the purpose of a close friend, loved one, etc. being able to put you out of your misery without repercussion. If you are cognizant, you should be able to petition the court for the right.
And if you don't have anyone to designate your "authorized executioner?" If you have a strong faith in God and trust your life in his hands, it's no problem. If you don't, I guess you'd better keep at least one good, trusted friend to act in your behalf.