Euthanasia (Right to die)

Euthansia, Right to die, Right to life, Terminally ill cancer patient

Terminally ill cancer patient on life-support (Grace SungEun Lee) fights her religious parents over her right to make a decision to end her life

Euthanasia, also known as the Right to die (the opposite of euthanasia is called Pro-life or Right to life) is when we intentionally end life in order to relieve pain and suffering, such as terminally ill or comatised patients. In most countries or states it is illegal although court cases have often ruled in the favor of removing life-support thus allowing a natural death.
Euthanasia has been a controversial issue for centuries; recently a terminally ill 28-year-old woman on life-support (with very little communicative ability) due to brain cancer fought her religious parents in court over her right to make this life-ending decision by herself. Although she won the court case in New York she later relented and on her behalf allowed her pastor father to act as her primary health care decision-maker, allowing him to decide if she dies or lives, saying  “(I want) to make peace with my God“.

The case is not unique, it has been repeated hundreds if not thousands of times all over the world. For a suicide case, its black and white; the person has terminated their own life when other options are available. For someone on life-support, a natural dignified death would be to simply turn off the machines and then let God decide if they die or not. But her father did not agree, saying “When someone sets a date and time to die, that is suicide. And suicide is a sin.”

This story highlights the dilemma we humans have about who has the responsibility to control birth and death, to give and take life. We think we create life through conception and giving birth, and we think we die naturally when old or sick; but is this really true? Is there a greater divine power behind our lives dictating the terms of our existence?

The key questions to be answered are as follows (click on the links for a full description)

  1. Why does God allow a person to be in so much pain, physically or emotionally, that they want euthanasia
  2. Before being born, who is in control; our parents, God or us, at the soul level
  3. During life do we have total free will as God has said many-fold, or are we limited to minor decisions only
  4. What is the right to life
  5. What is the right to die
  6. Is it really a sin to suicide or commit euthanasia
  7. What happens to us after death
In summary, a person suffers because of their karma. If we end the suffering (regardless of how humane it may be), the karma will not have been fully paid and thus the soul will carry it forward to the next incarnation. That is why every guru who has graced our world tells us not to suicide or kill ourselves and to endure as much pain and suffering as we can. But in the case of being kept alive against nature’s will, such as on life-support, near-death and unable to function. One only needs to see what would happen in the wild to understand Gods will. In the wild, they would die a painful but natural death. The pain would also help erase any lingering karma.

In our hospital system we strive to protect life, which is correct and wonderful, but to force a body to continue when its time is up seems unnatural.

In the end, we all have the free-will to decide based on our level of consciousness and of course, what our karma allows us to think!

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