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Euthanasia: To Do Or Not To Do.


  • Euthanasia refers to practice of ending a life in a manner which relieves pain and suffering.

  • According to House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, the precise definition of euthanasia is "a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering."

  • For terminally ill patients and in cancer patients who are undergoing tremendous pain. It should be permitted, because pain is really unbearable. People who are terminally ill and who can't afford to pay high hospital charges, is it not better that euthanasia is done so as to save misery of the relatives who can't pay high medical bills.

  • Terminally ill cancer patients undergo very severe pain. Pain through which a patient undergoes for living a few more days, when he'll be dying on his/her bed every moment. Isn't it better to free him from that prison of pain and sufferings if I think about this I feel, it should be allowed.


  • It can be misused. There must be strict laws pertaining on whom it can be done. And the decision should not be given to only one individual he can misuse. There must be at least 2 other doctors who should also certify it, other than the treating doctor.

  • People in favor of Euthanasia argue about state of a person who needs the liberation. But the fact is, if Euthanasia is legalized there would not be any check on circumstances under which a patient was killed/relieved. As we all know too well, how easy it is to buy professionals and their opinion.

  • The intentions of legalizing Euthanasia may be good but legalizing it would be to legalize killings. History is witness that legalizing killing (remember the Soviet gulag, the Nazi concentration camps, the killing fields of Cambodia) has dreadful consequences. If euthanasia is legalized then suicide must also be. The only difference is the former is assisted and the later is self-inflicted.

  • ON Dec 21, 2006.Marico Ricco an Italian doctor disconnected a respirator that was keeping Piergiorgio Welby alive. After Ricco gave him the sedative and switched off the respirator, Webly smilingly said goodbye to his wife and kids and in 45 min he was dead. Webly's right to die was widely publicized in Italy. Here two questions arise: whether a person has right to sustain life supporting medical treatment The other is whether voluntary euthanasia. is ethically defensible. But before such a law is implemented there must be strong legal framework on this; without any loopholes.

  • Science is progressing at massive rate. At any point of time drug could come into the market which could save a person from a terminal illness.

  • Every person desires to live, but in pain he loses power to understand and decide about his life and nobody has right to define someone else's destiny. So euthanasia should be definitely find a way out of our dictionaries.


  • It could be disastrous law for human race .What is required here, is to completely understand scenario and only after Euthanasia. Decision should be taken by a centralized committee consisting of doctors and law makers and committee should make decision based on circumstances.

Contributed by: Studyfreak

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