Where Will It End
My main concern about legalizing euthanasia for humans was not a lack of regard for suffering but I knew deep down that the time would come when the state would first encourage people to take that option, then would do it to those who are comatose, and then would finally mandate it. Well it hasn't reached the mandate stage yet but the first stage has been reached.
Barbara Wagner of Oregon has lung cancer and the drug she needed would not be covered by the state medical plan, but she was given word that she would receive comfort treatment including, possibly, physician assisted suicide (which the state assured her it would pay for.) Fortunately the big bad drug company, the big awful business, is going to give her a years supply of the medication.
I understand that the state has limited resources and that sometimes they have to say no. That's just how the world is and it won't change as long as mere humans run things. (And some would reasonably argue that the state shouldn't be in this business at all.) Even so, listing suicide as an option is just plain mean-spirited to put it mildly. "We can't afford to help you so one of my suggestions is that you might consider killing yourself."
My beliefs here? A patient, or their family, may choose to reject extreme treatments, taking only medication to end the pain, and die naturally but when you let the state push them over the edge you open things up to abuse.