My grandmother has advanced Alzheimer's. She has been bedridden for years. She must be force fed, have her diapers changed, and put back to bed. Her situation is everyone's worst end-of-life nightmare.There's often a lot to be said for hospice care as one approaches end of life. It's also inexusable to deny a dying person adequate pain medication on the grounds that narcotics, by depressing respiration and other vital functions, may hasten death.
But having said that, do we want to slide down the whole slippery slope to "voluntary" euthanasia-- without recognizing that the pressures on the old and sick to just go gently (and quickly) into that good night may become irresistable?
In short, I do not think it irresponsible to fear handing government bureaucrats the authority to deny (or simply not pay for) life-extending treatment for those who might benefit from it.
Perhaps there won't be a "cash for corpses" program tomorrow (such as $45,000. incentives for physician-assisted suicide of those older than 65 and with a poor prognosis), but, it's far from unreasonable to avoid paths that may lead there.
If you think she wouldn't have chosen "voluntary" euthanasia so she could control her final days, you are wrong.
We spend way too much time trying to keep people with no quality of life alive. What is the point of her life now? She just lies in bed waiting to die.
We need to move the conversation from "live as long as possible" to "live with as much quality of life for as long as possible." Only you can deicde when your quality of life is gone, but you should have more say in it.