Euthanasia, what do you know about it, should it be made legal or illegal?
People die every day, mostly from natural causes. Some, however, fall very ill that their bodies reject every type of medicine administered to them. Most doctors feel exhausted physically and mentally when a patient does not get well after trying all they could. It would be a breakthrough if the modern medicine works well and cure the sick, but it is a step backwards when the case is otherwise. In this situation, euthanasia is seriously considered.
I believe most of you have heard about EUTHANASIA, it is not a country neither is it a woman. Encarta dictionary defines it as the act or practice of killing somebody who has an incurable illness or injury, or of assisting that person to die. In other words, it is generally known as ‘mercy killing’.
I had to dig up some facts, spend time on the internet looking for the ‘deep’ meaning of this act (euthanasia). I went through the stress to satisfy my curiosity. The actual question here is should euthanasia be legal or illegal? I don’t have a stand in this, I am on the fence.
What exactly is euthanasia?
There are 3 major categories of euthanasia, Voluntary euthanasia, Non-voluntary euthanasia and Involuntary euthanasia. According to Wikipedia, voluntary euthanasia is legal in some countries, as of 2009 Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg legalised voluntary euthanasia. In voluntary euthanasia, the patient would be aware and the patient’s consent would have been granted. It is more or less an assisted suicide.
Non-voluntary euthanasia is illegal in all countries. This is the most common category of euthanasia and it is the category that is mostly referred to as mercy killing. In this case, the consent of the patient concerned is not available. The doctors or whoever will administer the killing do so on their own judgment to ease the pains of the patient. While involuntary euthanasia is widely regarded as murder, there is a tiny difference between it and non-voluntary euthanasia, in a case where the patient wouldn’t have wished to die even though their consent is not available. In such situations, they are indistinguishable.
A typical example of non-voluntary euthanasia
In 2008, I lost an uncle. He had an accident and was in a coma for about five days. The medical report was that he had 50/50 chance of survival, in fact, he was half dead. Even we the family didn’t have the rights to decide if he should die or not, we just wanted him in the operating room. If he had died there it would have been understandable, but the nurses wheeling him into the surgical theatre under the guise of negligence gave him a mercy killing. My family went indignant and we stopped the emergency unit of that hospital from functioning on that very day.
Many people have died from this act, whether voluntarily, involuntarily or non-voluntarily, even those that might still survive whatever illness they were suffering from. The medical workers have taken more lives in this way than they have probably saved. No matter how much suffering anybody is going through health-wise, they should be attended to in a way to make them feel comfortable and not to end their lives. They should be given a chance to survive. It is very hard for me to choose a side when it all boils down to mercy killing, but it is imperative to note, nobody possesses the rights to end anybody’s life no matter the situation. But on the other hand, when the pain becomes unbearable for the patient or the chance of the patient’s survival slims down to 20%, euthanasia will be the best option to reduce the time and cost of hospitalisation. Do you agree with euthanasia or you disagree? I’ll like to know what you think…