The Challenges Of Legalizing Euthanasia

1221 Words 5 Pages
Li Huang
Georgetown University


As we know, clinicians are supposed to heal people and do no harm. What should the healers do if people who suffer from terminal illness beg them to end their lives with dignity? It seems cruel to watch people suffering from pain and dying when we know there is nothing else can cure them. It is just a matter of time to wait for death coming. Whether or not euthanasia should be legalized? This question has been controversial for decades. In the United States, when the first state, Oregon, passed the law to legalize euthanasia in 1994, critiques about this decision have not stopped. Besides Oregon, there were other four states also had legalized euthanasia, which included
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Euthanasia is like “a rose has its thorns”. As long as we hand it right, it is a good option for people who suffer terminal illness to decide how to end their lives. People should have rights and autonomy to decide the way of dying. Sometimes, dignity is only what is left for them, and they want to leave the world with it. Suffering chronic illness and losing independence and freedom can gradually deprive people’s strength, mentally and physically. That is the reason why most people who suffer chronic illness become depressed. It is heart-breaking to watch them to wait for death coming while we know nothing is better to save them. Providing them an opportunity to end their lives peacefully and comfortably seems a better option for those who suffer from incurable chronic …show more content…
They should carefully to review candidates’ applications. It is vital to look at the whole picture when considering whether or not candidates will benefit from euthanasia. During a counseling, it is also important to educate candidates on the purpose of euthanasia. Sometimes, this service can be misused by some candidates who just want to take advantage of the situation to receive an assistance to suicide legally, instead of ending the meaningless life that is absent of dignity, freedom, and independence. As being neutral and non-judgmental, clinicians should also provide essential information to assist candidates to fully understand the process of the service, including how, when, and where euthanasia will be done. Allowing candidates adequate time to digest the amount of information that is provided during the counseling. In addition to provide essential information, clinicians should not say or do anything to influence candidates’ decision. The discussed information during the counseling should be remained in a private and confidential manner. Confidentiality should not be breached at any

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