Should Human Beings Be Given the Right to Euthanasia

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Euthanasia-the word itself has an ironical meaning. It has been derived from two Greek words-‘eu’ meaning ‘good’ and ‘thanatos’ meaning ‘death’. Literally , the word euthanasia means ‘good death’. Even a normal person can wonder- how can death be good? Well to put it simply, let’s take an example – A man is suffering from paralysis and the doctors treating him are trying their best-using the latest technologies, giving him the best medicines and putting in every inch of their effort-but they aren’t able to cure him. Lots of money is being spent by the patient’s family to treat him, but it’s all going down the drain. The doctors give up and the man too gives up, because he knows he can’t be treated. So he asks the doctors to kill him. The doctors slowly-slowly cut off his life-support systems and starve him and ultimately the man dies. This is a classic example of euthanasia. Euthanasia is of two main types- voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia. When euthanasia is conducted with a patient’s consent, it’s called voluntary euthanasia and when euthanasia is conducted when the patient is unavailable for consent, it’s called non-voluntary euthanasia.1Often, when a patient’s disease or condition is incurable, euthanasia is the only way out. Many countries have legalized euthanasia, like Colombia and Japan , many countries are moving towards legislation and there is a call in many countries to give people the right to euthanasia. However , I am against this and I am going to state why. To start off with, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, released by the United Nations on 10th December, 1948 has declared in Article 3:”Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. To make euthanasia a right would be an infringement of this Fundamental Human Right of every human on this planet. If euthanasia is made a right, then it would create a disturbance in the peaceful human life. A person will kill another one and say ‘”I was giving this...
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