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 i 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.