Pros and Cons of Euthanasia
Is mercy killing humane? Do we have the right to assess whether a life is worth living? Should euthanasia be practiced only in the terminally ill people or for the debilitated and mentally ill too? In this write up, we get into the heart of the matter by looking at the pros and cons of euthanasia. The word euthanasia is derived from the Greek language where 'eu means good' and 'thanasia means death'. Euthanasia also known as mercy killing.
It is a way of painlessly terminating the lives of those who are either suffering from an incurable disease or are in immense pain. This form of assisted suicide is done with the 'humane' motive of easing one's pain and suffering.
Although doctors are put under oath to not be a part of euthanasia, there are some countries that permit this legally. While the practice has been legalized in countries like Belgium, Switzerland, America (Washington and Oregon) and the Netherlands on certain grounds after family consent, it still continues to be an issue of contention in these countries even today.
It is a topic that is sure to have a thousand opinions. It is definitely not an issue to be taken lightly. Let's take a look at the following debate that will help us understand the reasoning for & against mercy killing.
Death with Dignity
Sometimes people mention in their wills, that if they ever get into such a situation where it seems hopeless or too much to bear, that the family should allow him/her to die. Here are some pros to this situation's ethical front.
♦ An individual should have the liberty to choose induced death if he is suffering from an incurable disease where even the best treatment doesn't improve his quality of life.
♦ Legalizing euthanasia would help alleviate suffering in terminally ill patients. It would be inhuman and unfair to make them endure the unbearable pain.
♦ While killing someone in an attempt to defend 'self' is acceptable by law, mercy killing is seen...
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