The Pros And Cons Of Voluntary Active Euthanasia

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Physicians are life savers, not murderers. When one looks upon Euthanasia, it is the common term used by many individuals to refer to the use of medicine leading towards death. This common umbrella term is incorrectly used for what is formally known as physician assisted suicide as well as voluntary active euthanasia. Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is the act of an individual deliberately ending the life of another, in order to relieve that individual of any pain or suffering. Whereas, voluntary active euthanasia (VAE) is the deliberate act of killing oneself with the assistance of another individual who may provide both the means and or knowledge to do so (KYR , 2016). Currently, the Canadian government is working on their laws and policies …show more content…
A recent survey conducted in the Canadian population of just under a few thousand participants revealed that more than 45% of the individuals were in support of the legalization and availability of PAS, whereas around 55% of the participants were not sure or were against PAS (Stevens, 2009) .Majority of the participants were over the age of 24, and a general conclusion could be made on their views, there were a few participants below the age of 24 ( also known as generation Zs) and no general conclusion could be made due to their various views / knowledge. Based on multiple surveys and research from secondary sources, it is therefore hypothesized that the generation Zs (youth of today) will be in support towards PAS compared to the rest of the previous generations, due to not only their knowledge on the topics and issues, but religious and traditional views, as well as perseverance of dignity and autonomy with respect to financial …show more content…
Many religions today including Roman Catholics, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and more believe that life is a gift of God. Ending an individual’s life deliberately even to relieve pain is a sin just as great of being accused of murder. Furthermore, a survey conducted found that depending on the type of situation PAS was being introduced it was either one’s ethical values that dominated religion versus the other (Stevens, 2009). For instance, many still have contradictory responses to cases where there is a child who is at the last stage of a very progressive disease and death will be the outcome in a short time frame. Many would go against their humanity-based feelings and support religion to promote the perseverance of life. Moreover, another group of scenarios involving mental health being appropriate to be considered as a disease for PAS has also dazzled the public. This is because mental health itself is looked down upon in many cultures. Many oppose of mental health related illnesses being of extreme suffering to qualify for PAS. Additionally, many generation Zs do not strictly follow their holy scripts and traditions compared to the older generations present. This is why during many situations, generations Zs place their hearts, values and ethics as well as, mind in their

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