Euthanasia is an issue that has been in the center of many heated debates for several years. It is prohibited in all fifty states of the United States under homicide laws and in England with a fourteen year imprisonment, but it is legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands (“Euthanasia and Physician”). Euthanasia comes from the ancient Greek word euthanatos, which means easy death. Today, the definition of euthanasia is the direct killing of a person with a disabi¬lity or terminal illness to relieve them of their sufferings. Very often people will call euthanasia mercy killing mainly because the method is to put a person out of their pain (“Euthanasia”). Euthanasia can be done by either taking actions or not providing what is necessary to keep a person alive and is either carried out through recommendations, a person’s request, family or society burdens, or the scarcity of medical resources (“Euthanasia and Physician”). Because a precious human life is not a burden, we should not interfere with God’s business in life and death, and since the practice of euthanasia can lead to abuse, euthanasia should not be allowed.
God created humans on earth with reasons and purposes in mind; therefore they are not to be seen as burdens. Instead, humans should be viewed as important beings with precious lives because God gave us the privilege to life as a gift of His love. We are to preserve and make it fruitful since it is the fundamental base of all goods. Life is also the crucial source and condition of human activity and society, so without human life the world would be completely unbalanced (John Paul II). This means that all humans are to be valued despite their age, sex, race, religion, social status, or potential in the world because each one of us are irreplaceable, made in God’s image, and possess a dignity (“Euthanasia and Physician,” John Paul II).
We should not interfere with God’s business in life and death. God is the only one to decide when a person dies, considering He is our creator. Births and deaths are a part of God’s plan for us, so to kill ourselves is to deny those rights God has over our lives and deaths. No humans should have the authority to take the life of themselves or anyone else, even if it is desired by relatives, friends, medical employees, or themselves. Doing so interrupts the arrangement God has established for us on Earth as humans (“Euthanasia and Physician”).
The practice of euthanasia can lead to abuse. Euthanasia sends out the message it is better for a person to be dead rather than sick or disabled. Not only does that devalue a person’s status as a human but puts them at risk. Because euthanasia is mercy killing, or the deliberate ending of a person who has a condition that cannot be healed, someone can kill a person who does not want to die and use euthanasia as a cover for their crime. Simply saying, euthanasia can be abused and used as murder (“Euthanasia and Physician”).