Euthanasia? No. It's nearly impossible to understand how much suffering and pain one goes through during a disease to justify mercy killing. The problem are two-fold:
1. In the Netherlands, it has been shown empirically that euthanasia has been carried out inappropriately many times. Why? Because there are several forms of euthanasia: one of which is not voluntary (without patient consent). Legalization of euthanasia unfortunately allows for both, therefore it's certainly understandable that the precedence of Netherlands tell us that euthanasia is probably a bad idea. Also, it has been noted that physicians rarely chart these things correctly. Problems, yes.
2. Euthanasia is the physician directly killing somebody. The juxtaposition of physician and killing should be an obvious oxymoron.
Originally Posted by Skylands
Euthanasia is usually the choice of the person who wishes to die. Since it's their life, it's their choice. Any other argument is trying to force your beliefs onto their freedoms, so essentially you're trying to make them your slave. If someone wishes to end their life, they should be able to do so, regardless of any other factors. It has nothing to with them being a burden. If they are in pain and don't want to live let them pass away, don't force them to live to make yourself happy.
There's other methods of deal with this. First, most people who "wish for death" only do so temporarily and don't really mean it. It's difficult to know otherwise in the short term. In general, people who wish to die and are otherwise normal are generally not going to get their wish unless they jump off a building. Instead, we get them to a psychiatrist. Things are not nearly as black and white.
Next, if somebody is terminally ill (which is generally the case when we talk about euthanasia), there are many things doctors can do in hospice care to minimize pain and suffering. Unfortunately, this is a legal problem pretty much anywhere (pain treatment...or rather under-treatment). However, we can still help patients live a comfortable end-of-life and actually let them tie up loose ends before leaving. Physicians are in fact allowed to aggressively treat pain to the point of killing somebody if the situation calls for it and it is legally and ethically justified to do so.