Euthanasiacommonly known as mercy killing is the act of killing a patient, incases where they are enduring terminal illnesses. For instance, ifindividuals who are hopelessly sick or hurt and have no hope of everrecuperating may seek to terminate their lives. Sometimes, doctorsmay also brief family members of the condition of a sick relative andleave them to make a choice regarding the client’s life. Due to thesuffering endured, euthanasia has been considered as an act of mercy(Cavan, 2010). However, there are arguments for and against it sincedifferent people have varied opinions. Still, various states havedifferent laws that prohibit euthanasia.
In,Georgia, Code section 31-329 31-32-11, which refers to euthanasia asa mercy killing, states that it is not condoned, approved, orauthorized in any way (Pappas, 2012). However, the law has omissionswhere one is permitted to die only through the removal of artificiallife support thus allowing death through a natural process. Conventional life support can be in different forms includingproviding intravenous nutrients when an individual cannot take foodon their own, artificial respiration, or maintaining a patient’sheartbeat through electrical shocks (Pappas, 2012). In such cases, aphysician may withdraw these processes and allow the patient to diepeacefully.
Recently,there was an issue where Brittany Maynard, who was suffering frombrain cancer, decided to end her life in dignity. On being diagnosedwith the condition, she moved to Oregon because the state had lawsthat permitted assisted suicide (Loulla & Eleftheriou, 2014).With the symptoms becoming severe, the patient abbreviated here dyingprocess by taking medications that facilitated her death. Montana,Washington, New Mexico, Vermont and Oregon are the only states thathave allowed assisted suicide for the terminally ill patients (Loulla& Eleftheriou, 2014).
Inmy opinion, euthanasia should not be condoned at all cost. If peopleare given the right to choose of euthanasia as a good option toreceive care, many individuals will feel guilty for not opting death.Additionally, most of the patients would even choose euthanasia inconsideration of the financial statuses of the people taking care ofthem. The patients may feel as if they are burdens, and this couldinfluence them to choose death through assisted suicide.
Cavan,S. (2010). Euthanasia:The debate over the right to die.New York: Rosen Pub. Group.
Loulla,M. and Eleftheriou, S.(2014). BrittanyMaynard: Terminally ill euthanasia campaigner dying of cancer endsher life by assisted suicide. Retrievedfrom:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/brittany-maynard-dead-terminally-ill-cancer-patient-ends-life-by-assisted-suicide-9834808.html
Pappas,D. M. (2012). Theeuthanasia/assisted-suicide debate.Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood.