Euthanasia

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by Punam Kharbuja

Euthanasia comes from a Greek word meaning 'pleasant death'. It's refers the killing of a person to end their suffering from terminal illness. The subject euthanasia is a highly controversial and divisive topic raising an array of sophisticated moral. ethical, legal and religious concern all over the world. Many of these were aired in the case of Tony Nickilson, a locked-in syndrome sufferer who went to the high court to fight to be allowed to end his life with the help of doctor. Mr Nickilson was paralysed from neck down for 7 years after an accident which left him helpless and in extreme depression living his life. But he was devastated to know that he had lost his case. In a statement issued through his lawyers, he added, "I am saddened that the law wants to condemn me to a life of increasing indignity and misery." His wife said she will continue fighting for his right to die as it was very painful seeing her husband suffer. Likewise, another case of Dianne Petty who was dying of motor neurone disease, wanted the court to giver her husband immunity from prosecution if he was to help her die. But in 2001, the house of Lords refused her application. They are many other cases similar to these happening all around the world, which are very complex to debate as it has equally strong arguments for and against euthanasia. But according to my personal opinion, I believe people like them should have the right to choose a painless and dignified end at right circumstances, in the case of extreme pain and suffering, helplessness, and the permanent loss of those things which have made life worth living for this individual. Their wishes should be respected as after all its their own life their decisions are based on. The compassionate argument is that allowing people to die with dignity is kinder than forcing them to continue their lives with suffering and it is even more agonising for their family to watch their...
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