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Euthanasia Essay

  • Submitted by: grapeofwraths
  • on March 26, 2014
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,233 words

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“We in the Netherlands believe you have the freedom to live by your own convictions, and that includes the freedom to die by your own convictions," says Jeane Tromp Meesters.

I. Medical Reasons
In the Netherlands, the practice of euthanasia was legalized on 2001. The concept of eeuthanasia is the termination of life by a physician at the patient’s request. The purpose is to end unbearable suffering with no prospect of improvement. Physician-assisted suicide also falls under this definition. Only under certain conditions is euthanasia not considered an offence.
a. Terminal Illness
Many people think physician assisted suicide should be an option for those who have a terminal illness, however there is disagreement about the definition of 'terminal'.
Right-to-die activists oppose using terminal illness as one of the criteria in physician assisted suicide legislation, as that would exclude those whose death is not imminent. They would prefer legislation to contain terms such as "incurably ill" or "the condition is irremediable by medical treatment and the suffering is intolerable to the patient.”
For example, a 40-year-old man with advanced stomach cancer failed in a suicide attempt; his agony increased, and with the support of his wife he pleaded his doctor to end his suffering. After months of discussion with his colleagues and the patient, the doctor agreed, giving an intravenous solution to make him unconscious and then injecting a drug to paralyze the muscles and end breathing.; however the doctor mistakenly stated on the death certificate that it was an "unnatural death", this action direct the doctor towards four separate police interrogations and dangled for 13 months before being told he wouldn't be prosecuted.

b. Unbearable Pain

No-one wants to have a loved one spend their last days in unbearable pain, the very idea horrifies us. The issue of unbearable pain and suffering has been used as a reason why euthanasia and/or assisted suicide...

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