euthanasia - should doctors end the lives of their terminally ill patients?

December 22, 2006 8:42am CST
Probably the major argument in favor of euthanasia is that the person involved is in great pain. Those who advocate euthanasia present the cases of unbearable pain which cannot be relieved by medicines as reasons for euthanasia. Such a person, who is so sick that he cannot move out of his death bed and is certain to die in the next few months because of his illness, might demand death as a means for respite from his pain. What is more unethical - keeping a person alive in perpetual pain and seeing him die a slow painful death or killing him with medicines (with his consent of course) and assisting him in his suicide to relieve him from pain and die a painless death?
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@sunshinecup (7880)
6 Jan 07
I totally support euthanasia. I think when a person is in so much pain and misery, it is a moral obligation to allow that person to pass on. Especially in cases, there is no end to their pain and suffering, as long as it can be established this would be with the patient’s consent. I think this is best left to a Doctor to handle more so than any one else. So to answer your question, yes.
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@lilaclady (28227)
• Australia
22 Dec 06
If a person stipulates before hand their wishes in case of yes, I know I would want to be kept in a state of no quality of life.
• India
22 Dec 06
i am sorry lilaclady, i couldnt understand exactly what you said. could you please elaborate? thank you for your response.
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