should the terminally ill have the right to die in the uk !
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It's wrong that people are suffering unnecessarily when they could end their lives peacefully . We don't let animals suffer so why do we allow humans to suffer ?
Where a person is not even in a position to communicate how can some other person take decision to kill him? This is unacceptable. Every person has a right to live..... no person can deprive him of that right with or without consent as right to live does not include right to die.
There is fair amount of chance that a person who is suffering from illness wants to survive but family members who are responsible might pursue him to take a decision to kill himself as they may not be in a position to bare medical expenses.
Care and rehabilitation centers are better alternatives as pace at which medicine is growing there might be cure for every decease.
The most basic issue here is whether a person who is suffering from a incurable disease which causes agony and suffering physically can be sane enough to give a valid consent?
Consent is "permission for something to happen or agreement to do something" however this a general understanding but under law valid consent require more than this like sane mind, majority, circumstances under which consent is given etc. So person suffering from illness might not be able to satisfy the standards of consent required by law.
2nd important issue here is 'whether a person has right to kill himself '?
It is universally accepted that every person has a right to live irrespective of race, sex, religion, caste, class etc (at least theoretically) does this right to live include right to die ie, right to kill oneself...... such right is not recognised under any religious, moral or legal principles.
There are various practical problems as well like
"Proper palliative care makes euthanasia unnecessary
There's no way of properly regulating euthanasia
Allowing euthanasia will lead to less good care for the terminally ill
Allowing euthanasia undermines the committment of doctors and nurses to saving lives
Euthanasia may become a cost-effective way to treat the terminally ill
Allowing euthanasia will discourage the search for new cures and treatments for the terminally ill
Euthanasia undermines the motivation to provide good care for the dying, and good pain relief
Euthanasia gives too much power to doctors
Euthanasia exposes vulnerable people to pressure to end their lives
Moral pressure on elderly relatives by selfish families
Moral pressure to free up medical resources
Patients who are abandoned by their families may feel euthanasia is the only solution" (for more http://www.bbc.co.uk...).
Ultimately it might be beneficial to a few but is harmful to many in many ways. Since democracy is doing things beneficial to majority.........things must stay as they are till a proper system is established to overcome all these problems.
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