Euthanasia is one of the most debatable topics. This article gives statistical overview of the acceptance level of people for this practice. Initially the people did not support the idea of assisted suicide or euthanasia and natural death was thought to be the only moral option. But over the years the support has risen significantly. People opt for euthanasia for a number of reasons. For some it is the pain of the disease, for some it is psychological which includes depression, and some are suffering from diseases which make the patients unable to communicate. In 1947, support for euthanasia was below 40% in US which grew to 75% in 2005.
In this article the author presents the arguments which support euthanasia. Those who support euthanasia argue that the quality of life for those who are unable to communicate is so low that it is better to remove them from life support or kill them. Another reason they put forward in the article for supporting euthanasia or assisted suicide is that if assisted suicide is carried out, a lot of money can be saved. It is our duty as human beings to provide support but there is a limit to how much resources can be devoted. This money can be used for providing long term medical assistance or helping those who do not have health insurance. In this way, many more lives will be saved.
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Those who are against the practice of assisted suicide or euthanasia argue that everybody has a right to live. They say that pain is not the major reason for assisted suicide; it is more psychological which can be overcome by counseling or seeing psychologist. Hence, people should not be killed rather their miseries should be worked upon.
This article gives the critical assessment of the legalization of euthanasia. Critics say if this practice says that when death is provided as an option, such a grim picture kills all the hopes within a person.” If we do not provide care, euthanasia will become the simplistic answer”.
Acccordint to Torr’s opinion, palliative care is the solution to the pain. “If assisted suicide becomes legal, depressed people will become even more likely to consider suicide as an option”.
Most of us are of the view that in this completive world where youngsters are the centre of attention, elderly people feel that they are not needed any more and have no aim in life. Some also suggest that palliative care should be the focus for reducing pain and psychological disturbances instead of putting death as an option to people which further kills the hope left within them. Assisted suicide not only affects the person going through it, but it is also affects the mind of our youth and upcoming generations.
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