Thursday, 9 January 2014

Euthanasia Done by Netraa , Afif, Choon Wee ( 307 )

Dear government ,

Euthanasia is the killing of a person which is painless. This is to relieve pain and suffering. There are different laws in each country for Euthanasia. Some might think that it is better while some think it is unfair. It is also cal
led as assisted suicide. There are two types of euthanasia. One is voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is done with the person’s consent. Involuntary euthanasia is done without the person’s consent but another person related to the person.

Firstly, before Euthanasia can be discussed about whether it should be allowed or not, we have to define death. Death according to science, is the permanent ending of vital processes in an organism’s body. When someone is brain-dead, it means that the brain has stopped functioning, meaning that the person would have no response to pain, while other organs, such as the heart, are still functioning. 

Most people tend to think that being in a coma or a vegetative state is the same thing as being brain dead. However, they are totally different, with the differences being that a coma is where the individual is in a prolonged unconscious state, while being brain dead is when there is totally no activity going on in the brain. However, there are similarities which is patients in a coma or suffering from brain death are that they are unresponsive, until the patient in the coma wakes up.

Many people tend to misunderstand what does brain-dead means. In the medical community, brain dead is determined when the brain is in a irreversible coma or the permanent loss of the function of the human brain. This is when the doctors declare the patient brain dead however it is not be confused with a vegetative state

During the time that the patient is unconscious , Euthanasia could be performed or carried out by kins of the patient however in certain states or countries only. Euthanasia can lead a steep decline in the quality of medical care administered to patients. It could be also the rejection of the importance and value of human life. No one has the right to kill someone since a human’s life is very precious and in some people’s belief god has the only right to decide the person’s life.

While Non-Voluntary Euthanasia is used so that the relatives of the patient do not have to suffer economically and emotionally, some say it is not morally correct to end the patient’s life because he or she has the right to live longer, although he or she is terminally ill. Also, some question those who chose to end the patient’s life by Euthanasia, if they are doing it for the benefit of themselves, or for the benefit of everyone. For some cases, if the patient states that he or she consents that Euthanasia can be used if he or she is terminally ill in his or her will, Voluntary Euthanasia is used to end the life of the patient with assist from a physician, or to some people, assisted suicide. Many religions or religious leaders forbid, or are not supportive of Euthanasia because like what was mentioned earlier, it is not morally correct.

Everything has its pros and cons. While some other think that euthanasia is completely okay and some think that euthanasia is totally unfair, i still think that it is not up to us to decide whether the person lives or not. We as a group think that it euthanasia is not an ethical way of doing things, we are deciding whether the person lives or not even though that they might seem dead, however one percent of a chance is still a chance , that tiny glimpse of hope that the patient might have and we decide to take that away. What if the patient was alive however he/she just needed time to come out of coma ? Therefore we think that its not our decision to pull the plug on someone. Although yes we agree that money is being wasted if the person is completely dead, however if there is a chance why not take it. There we conclude our point that we do not agree to euthanasia.

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