I would like to begin my essay by expressing my opinion on the particular quote above.
I agree with the following quote because of very simple reasons. I think/suppose not everybody I know is familiar with the expression “euthanasia”. So at first sight the word might sound very long. And I am pretty sure one might guess many possible things about its meaning.
Once we know the meaning we can think about it. There are a lot of issues concerning euthanasia although it is politically incorrect to assist dying either actively or passively. There are cases where euthanasia must be applied or would be a good decision, but the situation in which one could be asked to assist dying is very difficult. The reason is you do not ...view middle of the document...
From active to passive, from voluntary to involuntary, from the right to the wrong decision and so on.
If one helps someone dying, the person is automatically a criminal to my mind.
Doctors should not be allowed to interfere in a patient’s life. Applying euthanasia to patients or terminally ill people is like you want to get rid of them. They are alive and want to experience their last moments. Why take away their last worthy moments of life?
Moreover one should not cause death too quickly when one knows that this person is going to die anyway.
I admit that today’s medical technology has developed so far that everything is possible in the medical field. However, diagnostic reports are not always 100% correct. Such mistakes happen sometimes and at the end of the day one innocent human being not being too ill to be cured has to pay with his life. That is very sad for the indidvidual and his or her family.
Suppose there is a case of a baby who has an incurable illness, then it is the decision of the parents to ask for medical assistance for euthanasia. I would suggest the family to think twice, triple or ten times before coming to any conclusion. After all it’s their kid and they will never see it again if they decide for it.
What I’ve said so far is of no relevance for the Austrian law because I did not decide either for euthanasia or against it. But if it really depends upon my decision I would prohibit euthanasia. I know exactly there would be a lot of people against my decision. But if I allowed euthanasia with approval of the family in the Austrian law, it would be even then a big issue and there would also be people unsatisfied with my decision.
But I’m not a representative having to pass laws and therefore my opinion has no consequences.