What are some reasons against the legalization of euthanasia?

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Some reasons people do not support legalizing euthanasia are as follows:

  • The inability of the mentally or physically challenged to make an ultimate decision: Sometimes euthanasia is considered for people who have made no legal claim to such a desire, and others consider it on their behalf after they have become mentally or physically incapable of expressing their own desires. Who eventually gets to make that call in these situations?

  • Setting a poor precedent for the disabled: People argue that because euthanasia seeks to end life, it therefore places a greater value on some lives than on others. If this is true, then whose lives are endangered? Who determines which lives should be sacrificed and which should be spared? Who becomes the ultimate judge of deciding which lives are too encumbered to continue living?

  • Burden of care: People who feel that their care demands too much of their caregivers may feel pressure (either self-imposed or outwardly imposed) to consider euthanasia as a means of providing relief to others.

  • Discourages medical advancements: Once euthanasia is on the table as a means of "treatment," what may happen to complex diseases which scientists have worked to treat for years without results—yet? Some say that legalizing euthanasia makes it easier to end funding for diseases which could have a cure but may be a few years down the road in scientific advancements.

  • Contradicts Biblical principles: For believers, the effort to end one's life stands in opposition to Biblical principles. In Ecclesiastes 8:8, it is said, "No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death." Job reflected, "For I know that you will bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living" (30:23). And in Ecclesiastes 7:17, it is written, "Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?" Throughout the Bible, there are repeated reminders that God is the ultimate creator and author of human life. Many believers find it important to acknowledge God's sovereignty in one's final breaths on earth.
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