Euthanasia Debate

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Euthanasia debate: A killing or a mercy death? 
Many think that the right to live is closely linked to the right to death since death is an event of life itself. In the Jain philosophy, there is provision of willingly embracing death in old age. This tradition is called Santhara. CJ: Dr. Lalit kishore 

  
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Mercy killing: Pros and cons
A DOCUMENTARY that appears to show the moment when a man dies after going through with an assisted suicide was strongly criticised by anti-euthanasia campaigners and a television watchdog. An American, Craig Ewert, 59, who lived in Yorkshire, committedeuthanasia at controversial Swiss clinic, Dignitas in September, 2006. Now, once againeuthanasia is being hotly debated.

Euthanasia is the term used for an easy and painless death or the way, process, means, procedure or method of producing such a death. Euthanasia is also called ‘mercy killing’ or ‘mercy death’ and is being advocated by many for those who are suffering from the following ailments:

* The terminal stage of life with an incurable disease
* Intractable pain due to an incurable disease

There are two kinds of euthanasia reported:

* Passive euthanasia is the requested death caused by withdrawing the extraordinary life support measures provided to the individual to keep him or her just alive when there are hardly any chances of recovery.

* Active euthanasia is related to causing death by adopting specific means, measures, methods, processes, or procedures by a physician on the request of the terminally ill patient to give him or her a painless death.

Many think that the right to live is closely linked to the right to death since death is an event of life itself. In the Jain philosophy, there is provision of willingly embracing death in old age when living becomes unproductive. This tradition is called Santhara.

In this tradition many old people fast themselves to death and consciously observe themselves dying. Thus, they embrace death as a part of life itself. For them life and death meet end to end.

Many social activists raise a hue and cry when a death due Santhara is reported in the Press and equate it to suicide. On the other hand, many call a ‘mercy death’ as a ‘doctor-assisted suicide’. Mercy killing: Pros and cons 

Euthanasia is a Greek word meaning 'good death' and refers to the practices of ending life in a painless manner. It is illegal in India and most countries of the world. Only ten odd countries have legalised the practice of mercy killing CJ: Dr. Lalit kishore 

  
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Euthanasia debate: A killing or a mercy death?
EUTHANASIA, ALSO known as assisted suicide and mercy death, is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. Euthanasia is a Greek word meaning ‘good death’ and refers to the practices of ending life in a painless manner.  It is illegal in India and most countries of the world. Only ten odd countries have legalised the practice ofmercy killing. Some social activists claim that euthanasia and assisted suicide are government mandated suffering for the terminally ill persons.  The DoctorNDTV.com survey on this issue has shown a mixed response. More than half the respondents feel that the decision should not be left to the doctors or the next of kin, while one third support the doctors / relatives right to take this decision. Two-thirds agree that euthanasia is the same as mercy killing. Though 71 per cent people feel that legal advice is necessary before taking a decision, most people (>88 per cent) feel that it may be misused in India. Internet portals give the following pros and cons for allowing euthanasia. Pros:

It provides a way to relieve extreme pain
It provides a way of relief...
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