Euthanasia is a highly controversial topic, but is it ever acceptable?
What is euthanasia:
Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.
As it stands the law in Britain states that if a doctor deliberately gives a lethal dose even if with the intention to relieve suffering they would face a murder charge.
There have been many attempts to change the law on euthanasia. In 2012 Tony Nicklinson made the headlines, Tony had led a active life before his stroke which left his body paralysed but his mind still active, for more than six years he has needed constant care. Tony wanted to have the right to die with dignity and take his own life he appealed to The High Court challenging the law on murder. Tony’s appeal sadly was not successful despite all his efforts The High Court denied him the right to die with dignity. In the end Tony died of natural causes which put and end to his campaign to end his life with dignity. His wife, now widowed promised to continue his campaign as to not let anyone else have to suffer the way her husband Tony did.
When I heard this story it made me think about what I would do if a close relative of mine was suffering and asked for my assistance in ending their life. It’s hard to say exactly what I would do until I find my self in a situation like this, but I would like to believe if a family member of mine was in a position like this I would do everything in my power to help them.
There is a option for people who are suffering and wish to end there life with dignity, known as “Dignitas” (assisted dying organisation). Dignitas is based in Switzerland and is a organisation which helps those with terminal illness, sever physical and mental illnesses to die assisted by qualified doctors and nurses.
Do you think places like “Dignitas” should exist?
Personally I think they should exist as it gives people the option to take there life if they are in extreme pain or suffering. Although it may or may not be ethically right, it is not our right to tell someone they have to keep living in pain and to be constantly cared for. They should have the right to make this decision for themselves. It is not for the Government or The High Court to decide whether a person is able to end their life .