Personal Look at Euthanasia


Recent debates over active euthanasia, "killing" a terminally 
ill patient, in Holland, has risen 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, whereas passive Euthanasia only involves stopping pill
consumption, or stopping treatment. In England, only passive 
Euthanasia is allowed.

 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 have failed, that more could have been done? From 
the patients 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. 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 pitty. Why shouldn't the same 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.

 The doctors view on euthanasia, seems to be overall different. 
First of all, they have taken their wove, 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.


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