Euthanasia, the art of letting go

How would you respond if a loved one asked you to help him or her die? Euthanasia is the intentional ending of someone’s life when it is no longer worth living. The word ‘euthanasia’ comes from the Greek words eu, ‘good’, and thanatos, ‘death’. Some call euthanasia ‘mercy death’ because it is an act that puts an end to hopeless and unbearable suffering. But many see no differences with murder, and therefore consider euthanasia to be equivalent to s


Euthanasia is a much-discussed topic that raises many ethical questions. For example, is it justified at a certain point in time to deprive a human being of his life? And if so, under what circumstances? Is there a difference between deliberately killing someone by allowing them to die, for example by withdrawing treatment, or by administering a lethal injection? This issue presents physicians with a dilemma. After all, in their doctor’s oath they promise to treat patients with the best care and save lives. But which choice is right, if a patient who is terminally ill, with no chance of a good outcome, and who is in constant pain, wishes to die?

Arguments for euthanasia

A positive trend has developed in recent years. This trend shows a shift in the relationship between doctor and patient. Everything has been brought to a more equal level. The doctor’s trend has all but disappeared. Patients want control over their own bodies and that means that patients should be able to make their own decisions. Some medical authorities who litigate in favor of euthanasia consider it a violation of human rights if they do not have the right to die. These medical professionals are told every day that people do not want to continue with a heavy dose of painkillers. Psychologically, these patients have already been able to say goodbye to life, but the law further limits them in this. Personally, I find this inhumane and I am in favor of relaxing the law that restricts people in this regard (Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act). These people want to move towards freedom and leave their inhuman existence on earth behind them. The fight they face every day completely exhausts them both mentally and physically. It can also be argued that it not only has benefits for the patient. The economy also benefits from euthanasia. The money saved on sick people who have euthanasia can be used for sick people who still have a good life ahead of them. This argument appeals enormously to me.
Another argument in favor of euthanasia is that terminally ill patients may feel abandoned if doctors refuse them help. Surveys and research show that almost half of terminal patients ask a doctor for help with suicide. It can therefore be deduced from these figures that 50% of terminally ill people want to end their lives. Hard figures that indicate how serious the problem is. I believe that the government should realize that this is no longer possible, partly because it encourages forms of criminal behavior. In some cases, family members can no longer bear the suffering of their loved one, after which they decide to resort to illegal euthanasia. And anyone caught using it could be charged with murder and go to jail. The patient’s happiness then results in suffering for the savior.
An argument in favor of euthanasia can be that regulations should be stricter. This is to protect vulnerable people in society. I am of the opinion that if euthanasia is already being carried out, it would be better to legalize it and manage it properly.
Professional organizations of doctors have opposed the legalization of euthanasia for years. Nevertheless, fortunately they realize that ending a life is a complicated issue. Binding regulations have now been drawn up that determine whether treatment may be discontinued or withheld.

Arguments against euthanasia

One of the arguments against euthanasia is that new therapies are constantly being developed. Doctors therefore do not always agree to the patient’s wish to perform euthanasia, because there is a chance of successful treatment in the future. They believe that patients would not choose euthanasia if they could serve their time painlessly with good care. According to these doctors, more money should be spent on better care. They fear that some hospitals will no longer make money available for the treatment of certain terminally ill people if euthanasia is legalized.
With the knowledge the researchers have gained, treatments may be developed for diseases that are currently untreatable. This would make euthanasia unnecessary. But that is still in the future. Treatments using genetics are likely to emerge in the near future. However, nothing is said about the time frame in which the investigation will take place. Are we talking about 5, 50, or perhaps 500 years. Not exactly an argument that convinces me. For the time being, we will suffer from at least one chronic disease in our old age, which can be painful and limit mobility. With the current ban on euthanasia, this is not a pleasant prospect!
It would also give doctors too much power, according to opponents. As a result, they can become careless and no longer take the set guidelines into account. They then have the power to determine whether someone is worthy or not. However, acting carelessly is contrary to the doctor’s duty. In the Hippocratic oath, the doctor promises never to abuse his medical knowledge. He will therefore have to make careful considerations for each patient in order to reach a good decision.

Legalization of euthanasia

he legalization of euthanasia is a much-discussed topic, on which opinions differ considerably. Opponents see it as an immoral act, because life is a gift. Proponents, like me, see it as a release from unbearable suffering. They also believe that terminal patients can say goodbye to friends and family in a decent manner and are spared the inhumane life they still have to live.
The discussion about euthanasia is still in its infancy and is the order of the day. And people don’t seem to be able to agree with each other. Whether it will ever be legalized remains the question . As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a question, but one thing I know: euthanasia should be legal! However, I realize that my opinion is not generally shared. The fight for the right to die will certainly continue for some time.

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