The idea of euthanasia is, yes, controversial. The controversy seems immortal, as it were, but my thinking on this is that the controversy can be skirted altogether.
Actively ending someone’s life at their request, or even standing by passively as they voluntarily end their own suffering, is sure to stir up a firestorm of emotion and protest. But you’ll encounter very little opposition if, rather than taking someone right to the metaphorical edge of the precipice overlooking death, you just bring them a few steps from that point. So, rather than shopping around for the right pharmaceuticals to induce death, or administering them to the person who has chosen to die, or otherwise getting ensnared in messy legal and moral tangles, you can simply get someone a gift certificate to go skydiving, or bungee jumping, or some other high-risk activity. Perhaps help them to build their own light plane in their own garage and encourage them to get their pilot’s licence. Get them a job in an underground mine. Buy them a ticket for a bus ride through Andean mountain passes. Or maybe just take them to the hospital, where it’s been estimated that 180,000 people a year across the globe die of medical errors. The point is, euthanasia isn’t the only way — there are other options. And the great thing about this approach is that you can use it as a legal form of murder, too. We’ve all been there — needing to get rid of a boss, a spouse, some random guy who’s listening to his headphones too loud on the bus. But when that happens, don’t stoop to murder, take the high road and send them on a hang gliding adventure, or use your connections to get them a job on an offshore oil rig.