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Monday, March 21, 2005

Ending One's Life...Is It Correct?

Should one be given the right to end his/her life?

The following article talks about one individual who wishes to end her life.

"Terri Schiavo has been incapacitated since a 1990 cardiac arrest that damaged her brain.

Her feeding tube was removed Friday after a protracted legal battle that pits Michael Schiavo against her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

Michael Schiavo insists his wife should be allowed to die because she told him prior to her cardiac arrest that she would never want to be kept alive artificially. The Schindlers do not believe him, and have questioned his fitness to serve as his wife's guardian."

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On one hand, the individual is suffering and wants to end it as soon as possible. On the other hand, the individual is not able to do so due to complications in legal matters. So the question is: Should the individual be given the right (or at least the choice) to end their life?

There are many arguements to this debate. Personally, I think that taking one's own life does not justify the ends of ending one's life. Life is precious (as they always say). The individual has no right to take away their life as it belongs to God (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). Logically, only God can take it away as it belongs to Him. Just like my brother's toy. I can't take it as it belongs to him. Taking my brother's toy would be stealing as it's not mine in the first place.

Also assisted suicide or euthanasia is done by doctors. Now doctors are suppose to help Mankind. The Hippocratic Oath binds them to a purpose - to heal patients. If healing is out of the question, at least try to alleviate their suffering. So it's not a doctor's job to END life.

These are just my ideas and thoughts...alternative viewpoints and comments are strongly encouraged.


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