A must-read short essay at MercatorNet on the issue of euthanasia by Erik Leipoldt. A sample: 

Legalising euthanasia fails to address the suffering that underlies patients’ requests for it. Often cited are: dependence on others, pain, and loss of dignity. All of these can be ameliorated through good care. Dependence on others is only undignified in the absence of caring support. Of course there may always be pain that cannot be treated other than by sedation, but extreme cases make bad law. In the end, there are no perfect solutions.