A Personal Look at Euthanasia Recent debates over active euthanasia, ‘killing’ a terminally ill patient, in Holland, has raised the question whether euthanasia is immoral or a simple human right. Doctors seem to have no doubt. They made an oath. The definition of Euthanasia depends on whether it is active or passive.
Active Euthanasia is only allowed in Holland, and it means that the doctor takes direct measures to put a patient to sleep, where as passive Euthanasia only involves stopping pill consumption, or stopping treatment. In England, only passive Euthanasia is allowed. It is not a new issue; euthanasia has been discussed-and practiced-in both Eastern and Western cultures from the earliest historical times to the present. But because of medicine’s new technological capacities to extend life, the problem is much more. Euthanasia is a way of granting mercy-both by direct killing and by letting the person die. This principle of mercy establishes two component duties: 1.
The duty not to cause further pain or suffering. 2. The duty to act to end pain or suffering already occurring. Euthanasia touches some of the deepest feelings in human beings. It is the power over life and death, and responsibilities no one wishes to take, have to be taken.
This, of cause, leads to the ultimatum, that it is the patients own choice. But can we allow some one to take their own lives? Doesn’t this mean that everyone else around the patient has failed, that more could have been done? From the patient’s point of view, a lot of arguments talk in favor of euthanasia. For one, no body wants to be a burden. If a person has had a car accident which paralyses him from neck and down, and is doomed to sit in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he knows that he will be 100% dependant on the ones that care for him, his lived ones, forever.
EuthanasiaWhose Life is it Anyway?The issue of euthanasia has become progressively known about in America as well as in many other countries. There are many different questions that are asked about the legalization of euthanasia. One specific question frequently asked about euthanasia is whose decision should it be to end a life?People's judgments about euthanasia are based on misunderstanding of ...
It can also be mentioned that the life quality of a terminally ill patient, gets reduced a lot. Never being able to walk again, never being able to talk to your children again, never being able to go shopping, swimming, playing, driving etc. must be terrible for anyone. The whole situation only gets worse, if the patient himself, can see that his condition is worsening, and only time keeps his thoughts clear. A third very important point is pain. If people see a deer, which had been hit by a car, and is in terrible pain, they will kill it, out of pity.
Why the same shouldn’t be allowed with humans, if pain reaches a level, where it is unbearable? For these people, who do not have the choice of active euthanasia, self-starvation is the only choice. Under the first of these, for a physician or other caregiver to extend mercy to a suffering patient may mean to refrain from procedures that cause further suffering-provided, of course, that the treatment offers the patient no overriding benefits. The ph s performed even though a patient’s survival is highly unlikely; although patients in arrest are unconscious at the time of resuscitation, it can be a brutal procedure, and if the patient regains consciousness, its aftermath can involve considerable pain. In many such cases, the patient will die whether or not the treatments are performed. In some cases, however, the principle of mercy may also demand withholding treatment that could extend the patient’s life if the treatment is itself painful or discomfort. The principle of mercy may also demand letting die in a still stronger sense.
Under its second component, the principle asserts a duty to act to end suffering that is already occurring. Medicine already honors this duty through its various techniques. Ending the pain, though with it the life may be accomplished through what is usually called ‘passive euthanasia’, withholding or withdrawing treatment that could prolong life. In the most indirect of these cases, the patient is simply not given treatment.
Physicians are committed to sustaining life and relieving suffering. Where the performance of one duty conflicts with the other; the patient’s wishes should prevail. Physicians are required by the principle of patient autonomy to respect a competent patient’s decision to forgo life-sustaining treatment, which prolongs life without reversing the underlying medical condition. Life-sustaining ...
The doctor’s view on euthanasia seems to be overall different. First of all, they have taken their oath, always to assist patients in prolonging their lives, and Euthanasia completely contradicts this. Their approach is ‘Where there is life, there is hope’, so even a person, who has 20 tubes stuck in them, feeding them; breathing for them, there is still life, and who knows? Maybe the future will bring the cure? Euthanasia does mean ‘Good death’, but there can still be no conclusion to a question, whether Euthanasia should be accepted or not. Psychologists, philosophers, doctors and everybody else will consider this question for all time.
My opinion is, that anyone who is terminally ill should have the choice, but to all rules there are exceptions, and to something as serious as this, there shouldn’t be.