Euthanasia and its Ethical Issues
Euthanasia can be defined as the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that individual. In most cases, euthanasia is carried out because the person, who dies, asks for it; but there are situations in which the patients are unconscious or in a coma or not mentally stable enough to make the decision for themselves. (Wikipedia, 2010) Euthanasia is one of the major ethical topics all around the world; there are people who believe that if a patient chooses to die a painless death, he or she should be allowed to do so, and there are people who believe that euthanasia is against the law or their own religion and so, it should not be performed. People should be allowed to die in dignity and without pain. There are times in one’s life when he or she has to make a decision to follow their heart or to follow the law; this is one of those times. The doctor can inject the person so they can die without sorrow and pain, and take the risk of escaping the penalties or facing the consequences; or that doctor could stand by the law and let the patient die naturally while he or she is in pain and agony. Dr Derrick Summers believes that people should be allowed to leave this world without having to fight a losing battle, even if it is against the law. He thinks that the patients have a right to be injected if they are in a serious condition which the medical experts concerned know, that the patient is not going to make it. Not only the law but religion also plays a key role in preventing doctors to perform euthanasia. Some believe that every human life is created by God and only God has the right to decide when to end it. “Religious people who are against the subject of euthanasia believe that life is given by God, and only God should decide when to end It.” said by Pope John Paul II. He also thinks that if God made a person to suffer in pain, he or she will suffer in pain, and if God chooses for someone to live, they will live. Some...
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