The controversy of euthanasia
by LP on February 19, 2014 - 10:11am
Euthanasia has always raised several debates. In the following paragraphs you will read two similar stories from completely opposite parts of the world. These stories come to demonstrate the reason for opposition of euthanasia. Following these real life situations is an exploration of the medical and government views on supporting and challenging euthanasia. As you will read, for political achievement and medical advancement, euthanasia has been a source of controversy in every part of the world.
In the article “ Four-year-old girl asks Belgian King to block euthanasia of children” the author informs us about a real life story. Euthanasia became legal in Belgium in 2002. The laws stated that it was only for patients who were suffering from life threatening illness and are at least 18 years of age. Since then the law went even further, it now includes individuals that were going blind. Belgium legislators are now in the path to legalizing euthanasia for children. Jessica Saba was born with a heart defect and needed to go through several heart operations. But today, four year old Jessica can be seen in a video on youtube intended for the King Philippe, which received more than 12 000 views. Four-year-old girl is trying to convince the king not to sign the final legislation for children euthanasia. Jessica and her family are defending all those children that will never have a chance to see the world if King Philippe signs the legislations. Jessica’s parents are helping their daughter express this issue by talking about the consequences that this law will bring. They fear that parents will give up too soon. With the child-euthanasia law, parents of children born with disabilities and life threatening illness will most likely choose what they consider the easy way out.
This month, Canada Newswire published an article sharing personal stories of Quebecers in concern of euthanasia. Quebec government might become the first province in Canada to legislate the right to euthanasia without a referendum, but Quebec citizens are calling to the world to help them show the government how this law will follow with abuse. Different Quebec citizens came together to create a video, hoping to influence their government. People share their personal stories and how abuse of the system will come if a law allowing euthanasia without a referendum would be accepted. Nadine, who is currently 16 years old, she shared her story in hopes of making a difference. When she was only 14 years old, Nadine was diagnosed with a severe form of leukaemia, her treatment consisted of a excruciating bone marrow transplant. During the video, Nadine admits that she would of denied the lifesaving treatment if the law was passed, letting the 14 year old girl make her own decision, without the consensus of her parents. She is now grateful that the law for euthanasia was still not accepted because she is now doing well and had the chance to live her dream. With the improvement in medical care, people have more chance of living but if this legislation was approved people would give up before even trying. By imposing this act, the Quebec government will kill more people than necessary.
The word euthanasia originated from Greece, which means ‘good death’. Euthanasia can be done more than one way, introducing any kind of medicine to cause the death and to detain lifesaving treatment or support would be considered euthanasia. This new concept in the field of health care aroused several debates not only in Quebec but around the world. Several arguments against euthanasia are often argued. One of the point against euthanasia that is often brought up is; patient with any mental illness or trauma would not be in a right state of mind to make such a decision. On the other side, several points are shown by supporters. one of the main points often shown is the right-to-die, people say that patients should have the right to die with dignity. People suffering from any terminal disease should be allowed to refuse any treatment that could prologue their life but also their sufferance. In most parts of the world, euthanasia has been a controversial subject. But in other countries of the world, like India, euthanasia is not even a consideration since it is against the law. Any attempt or assist to suicide is illegal. The law states the right to life.
People have many differences regarding euthanasia, there is different possibility to view the reason of this procedure. Euthanasia has a big implication in the law & legislation sector, there has been several controversy concerning human rights and the implication of euthanasia. These law play an important role in politics. Some politics parties could use the implication of euthanasia and its debate to promote the support of voters but generally debates such as euthanasia are used to make our country think, evaluate and negotiate to find laws that would best protect the citizens.
This is the link for the video that was made for the king of Belgian: