Let’s say (hypothetically speaking) that one of your loved ones has a chronic disease and has been hospitalized for months. Let’s also say that the illness has gotten worse and you and your loved one has just been informed by the physician that it is incurable. The disease is so rare, that there isn’t enough people suffering from it around the world to put the time in researching a curable solution. The doctor also mentions that the disease will continue to get worse, however the patient will not have a quick death, rather the patient will live out the rest of their life in agony as the disease continues to progress.
As you’re standing there, digesting this horrible news and wondering why this is happening, your love one speaks out and mentions another solution, that being, commencing euthanasia. Now, being put in this situation what would be your reaction? Would you be sympathetic and supportive or would you be completely against it? Euthanasia is another way of saying mercy kill or a fall back plan, is it the process of painlessly ending a patients’ life who is suffering from an incurable disease that causes massive chronic pain, terminal disease, or is in a coma.
Euthanasia is a very controversial topic. Where should the line be drawn in order to perform it? This practice goes against many religions and brings out the question of “who are we to decide when a person should die?” However, people may have opinions that go against it, but once put in that situation would they still think the same way? There are many famous cases that would make someone think twice of agreeing or disagreeing with euthanasia, cases like “Terri Schiavo” or Dr. Kevorkian (also known as Dr. Death). Both of these cases have brought a lot of attention to whether or not initiating euthanasia is justifiable.
Overall, this practice is only legal in five countries like the Netherlands, Ireland, and Colombia. Assisted suicide, which is a similar practice however the patient is given the lethal means and they can choose when to use it is legal in five countries: Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Albania, and even parts of the United States (Washington, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico, Montana, and California).
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