Essay about Euthanasia Should Be Legal
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Euthanasia is a controversial issue. Many different opinions have been formed. From doctors and nurses to family members dealing with loved ones in the hospital, all of them have different ideas for the way they wish to die. However, there are many different issues affecting the legislation and beliefs of legalizing euthanasia. Taking the following aspects into mind, many may get a different understanding as to why legalization of euthanasia is necessary. Some of these include: misunderstanding of what euthanasia really is, doctors and nurses code of ethics, legal cases and laws, religious and personal beliefs, and economics in end-of-life care.
Across Europe palliative care is an intensifying and acknowledged part of healthcare.…show more content…
PAS is defined as a doctor intentionally helping a person to commit suicide by providing drugs for self-administration, at that person’s voluntary and competent request (Charles-Henri, et al, 98). The difference between the two is that euthanasia is death caused directly by the doctor whereas PAS is suicide performed by the person through their prescribed medication for doing so. These definitions first originated with the EAPC and then were later developed by the World Health Organization (Charles-Henri, et al 97). When a person has the full knowledge of these particular parts of health care, they are able to form a clearer and more fact based opinion. The EAPC performed their study for that very reason; they wanted to be able to clarify the position to which they would adopt towards euthanasia and its legalization (Charles-Henri).
Euthanasia is one of the most complex and morally critical health care practice and policy issues that doctors and nurses must face and advocate for (Gardner). Even though doctors and nurses must follow some sort of code of ethics, following those codes can be difficult for some because their personal feelings about end-of-life care come into play making it problematic for them to truly rationalize the situation. Doctors are required to take the Hippocratic Oath, which in relation to euthanasia, states, “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this
Show MoreLife branches into many subjects that can be discussed and criticized thoroughly. One of the most complicated and broad branches is ethics and human rights. As life proceeds, people are getting more aware of their rights and whether they are practicing them in an ethical way or not. We might think that it’s our right to live and end our life any time we want. But is it ethical to do so? Here comes the idea of euthanasia – mercy killing- that permits the ending of a person’s life that is suffering to death. Euthanasia exists in two types: active euthanasia, which is the administration of a lethal drug by the physician to kill the suffering patient, and passive euthanasia that includes the removal of the probes and devices that are connected…show more content…
Moreover, the desire to include one’s physician in carrying out a decision to end one’s life can be viewed as an extension of the natural reliance of terminally ill patients on their physicians for help with most aspects of their illness, as well as reasonable mechanism to ensure that they do not become more disabled and burdensome to their family or friends by attempting suicide unsuccessfully. (Sinha and Sarkhel2, 178)
In addition, proponents argue that euthanasia must be legalized under certain conditions: the patient should be at least twenty-one years old; he must be under the supervision of a physician that in turn has consulted another physician; and a period of time between the request for euthanasia and the act itself is required in which the patient might change his mind.( Michael Petrou, 23) So, this means that if a person has the right to end his life, then no one should be able to stand up against his will, and we should let him die with dignity instead of being helpless and watch him suffer.
On the other hand, if we look deeply into what have been proposed to support euthanasia, we might see that the whole idea is somehow naive. Throughout the whole history of medicine, doctors could never accurately specify whether a patient is actually dying. Being extremely ill doesn’t mean that this will end up with death. Furthermore, since mercy is the only reason why euthanasia should be legalized, then why should mercy be upon patients that are actually