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Should the US legalize euthanasia?

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January 16, 2010 10:10PM

Criminalizing euthanasia is unconstitutional. This is because the Constitution, in guaranteeing the right to life in the Bill of Rights, also guarantees the right to death. Death is a part of life. Therefore, citizens have the right to choose any peaceful way by which they wish to die, which includes the option of euthanasia. == On the contrary, in no way does the Constitution guarantee a right to death. Neither does it force someone to stay alive. The 5th amendment states that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. This, opposed to the above, guarantees that it is against the law to "deprive" one of their life, which would include euthanization. Obviously the "due process of law" refers to criminals who commit crimes worthy of death. == Our Constitution states: "We hold these truths to b self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Any logical argument in a court of Law, will not stand by saying that an agreement to do something positive, if not so stated, would also include an unsaid agreement to do something negative. In no way did our forefathers have in mind, when they honored the right to life, that they would support the right to take your own life or to have someone assist you to do so. In reading the historical record of their writings and speeches, nobody finds justification to make our founders agree to euthanasia. They upheld the morals and standards found in the Bible.

A person's life is in God's hands, yet He also gives us various means to make life easier, when experiencing pain and suffering. "The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:2. He has given us many medicines. The Scripture even says: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22. This is a cure for those who are down in spirit.

Many people are depressed, merely because they reject God, and they thus have no hope for their lives. It has been shown that people who exercise faith, have healthier and longer lives than those who do not. Likewise, those who need to recuperate or survive, do much better with faith and hope, than those who do not have these factors.

Often, when a pastor or a faithful person prays with someone afflicted, they are encouraged and comforted. Most doctors would say that this is a great help in the process of healing or, in the inevitable waning of life, a much more peaceful passing.

There is no where in Scripture that it is honorable to end a life by suicide or to assist a person to take his life. Instead it says as a helpful medicine: "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts." In that same proverb passage it says otherwise to not drink strong drink in healthier situations. Also Proverbs 20:! says: "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." But euthanasia is not a Biblical solution, and efforts of man to justify it, are ignoring what God says in His Word. Countries that have legalized euthanasia have crept closer to or have gone over to involuntary euthanasia, which is the killing of a person who has not explicitly requested aid in dying. The Netherlands may have crossed that line recently. "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government."... Thomas Jefferson