According to Professor Etienne Montero, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Namur in Belgium, it is extremely difficult to follow a strict interpretation of legal requirements once euthanasia is permitted. For example, in Belgium deaf twins were euthanized at their request because they became blind.
The so-called "right to die " (for the patient) implies the duty to kill (for someone else, in this case the doctor).
The act of euthanasia is neither easy nor peaceful.
It is not uncommon to see Belgian nurses take a day off when they know that euthanasia is planned.
Accepting euthanasia means accepting that some lives (such as elderly or people with disabilities) are worth less than others.
Directly or indirectly, euthanasia imposes many pressures on the elderly and people with disabilities . Patients who are ill or dependent often feel worthless and a burden to their family and loved ones.
The growing number of cases of abuse or neglect of elderly or those with disabilities illustrates that this is a major issue to consider.In Oregon, where assisted suicide has been legal since 1997, the number of reported assisted suicides has increased by 306%, but it is impossible to know what the real number, because the system designed to collect the data is flawed.One thing is certain: Life in society is based on relationships of mutual trust among all citizens. We are already witnessing worrisome abuse in jurisdictions where euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal.Thus, in the context of a society open to euthanasia, the patient having difficulty living with a demanding illness would bear an additional burden .Additionally, faced with a doctor who both heals and kills, the patient lives with an uncertainty that adds to her vulnerability.Moreover, according to The Lancet, 23% of cases of euthanasia are not reported.Assisted suicides are not included in the reports on euthanasia in the Netherlands, but they account for nearly 6 % more deaths.Legalizing euthanasia would send a clear message: it is better to be dead than sick or disabled.For a healthy person, it is too easy to perceive life with a disability or an illness as a disaster, full of suffering and frustration.It is easy to imagine cases where a patient could request euthanasia, freely or under pressure, while it goes against her best interests.Access to euthanasia could cause an internal conflict for the patient, torn between fear of pain and the desire to continue to live rich moments with his family and loved ones.