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Just a reminder: my question is should euthanasia be legalized?
(2)What is euthanasia: “Euthanasia is a deliberate act undertaken by one person with the intention of ending the life of another person to relieve that person’s suffering where that act is the cause of death.”
This round I will be looking at who would facilitate euthanasia. You would assume that doctors would be the ones too, but a doctor could refuse to if they disagree with it. Another point to consider is when different doctors would feel comfortable assisting someone take their life. For example if someone has three months to live, but is in pain, opposed to someone with mental illness who is not necessarily going to die in the next couple years, but is unable to communicate and is not lucid.
Firstly I want to take a look at who. The choice to be euthanized is obviously a hard conclusion to come too, as you are ending your life, however a major factor that needs to be considered is who is having to do this.
(1)(3)Doctors take an oath: the Hippocratic Oath. This is very important to physicians and something that it taken very seriously.
(1)This oath states numerous things but there is one line that specifically could be interpreted for being against euthanasia: “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”. Now this is from the “classic” version of it. But now there is a more modern version: “Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God. »
The argument by physicians is the law. They take an oath, they make a promise, they believe in saving lives and that’s what their job is. (3)“you cannot preserve the integrity of the profession if you undermine the basic principles that define it”-i thought that this was worded very well and hopefully it provides the clear reason why so many doctors are against it. (5) A poll by the Canadian medical association told us that only 20 % of doctors would say yes to facilitating euthanasia while 44% would refuse it, back in 2013.
These pictures are just an example of how there are so many views on euthanasia. It is so tricky to come to what is the best for everyone when there are so many things to consider and I think in this doctors views are commonly disregarded, but we have to realize that taking someone’s life would realty impact someone, especially if their purpose is to save lives.
(6)Another survey showed that while the general public is 82% pro euthanasia, 73% of physicians are against it. They are concerned for not only the integrity in the doctor patient relationship, as in the abuse of euthanasia that could be an outcome. As well as upholding the values that society depends upon and doctors just as much.
I also planned on looking into the when. However I realized that when people decide to be euthanized it is when they are in intolerable pain to end the suffering. Sometimes this is taken as having mental illness when getting old. For instance I know that my parent wants be euthanized if he gets Alzheimer’s as my grandma has because he doesn’t see it as living a life. Therefore this question is dependent on the person.
Overall that was an interesting round because originally I hadn’t considered how morally wrong it would feel for doctors. This just contributes to the hard conclusion I will have to come to next time. Thanks for reading!