Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Euthanasia: Ethical or UnEthical?

What is Euthanasia? Is this good or bad? Where did this came from? Who started this practice? Is this legal?

Euthanasia from the Greek word "eu" GOOD and "thanatos"  DEATH, or Mercy Killing according to some dictionary and encyclopedia, The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable disease or in irreversible coma.. but according to the HOUSE OF THE LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE on Medical Ethics, the precise and right definition for Euthanasia is "a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering"

Euthanasia is categorized into many types but I'll mention the common two, Voluntary and Involuntary.

In the Voluntary Euthanasia "suicide" the patient or the family of the patient signed a document and accept that there is no hope in the life of the patient, so, rather than suffering from pain, they will just decide to end his/her life.

But in the Involuntary Euthanasia it is considered as "murder" it is against the patient, for example an old woman who have a poor eyesight due to her age, because of that she can't read, she is Home Nursing(paying a nurse) then suddenly this nurse ask the old woman to sign a paper(document to agree mercy killing) but the old woman doesn't know everything, what will happen to the old woman? Is there a law for this if she already signed the paper?

Another common example is from a rich family when some of the greedy family members wants their elders to die so that the property of this old sick man/woman will be transferred to them immediately.
They are still striving for live!

Recently we had a debate regarding this topic my group was the CON and the other group was the PRO, the other group is only focusing on the meaning of the Euthenasia "GOOD DEATH" yes it has been said in the meaning, but is it really that? How can you ever say that those were INNOCENT have a "GOOD DEATH"?
We must ponder some time reading some more meaning about Euthanasia and the categories of it before we can say that we really know what Euthanasia is.

For example a Pregnant mother will abort her baby and she gave a consent to the doctor. Can we also consider this as a type of Euthanasia? How dare you to decide someone's death?


God is the giver and taker of life -->
and the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul... Genesis 2:7 

see now that I, even I, am he, and there is no God with me, I kill and  I make alive, I wound and I heal, neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand... Deuteronomy 32:39

My Conclusion : I agree with voluntary Euthanasia if there is really no hope and the patient is really suffering from pain and only machine that makes him/her breathe.. but!... I am not agree with Involuntary Euthanasia so in order to remove Euthanasia practice, I must not agree into this whole "EUTHANASIA" I don't have the power to please everyone to agree with me but I just want to end the killing of innocent elders or those who are sick but still have hope and still striving and fighting for their life, let them live... They have their own rights to LIVE and enjoy LIFE till there is time and breath.



Kira Permunian said...

This is a serious issue! I will just take the phrase "AS LONG AS THERE IS BREATH, THERE IS HOPE"!

Thanks for sharing your brilliant view on this matter.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

whahha wag ganun, tama si kira... beside everything happen have a reason :D

Papabear said...

@kira thanks ^_^ yes this is really a very serious issue.. mmm

@Axl ou nga kuya, everything happens for a reason ^_^ I agree with voluntary Euthanasia but not in Involuntary because murderers might just use this euthanasia as an alibi to kill someone or another way to kill someone ^+^

rjs mama said...

it really depends. but one thing for sure, i don't want to be in a situation wherein somebody's life is on my hands

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♣ lily ♣ said...

we revived a terminally ill cancer patient yesterday morning. only the ventilator keeps her alive...

she was silently crying, as if begging us to end her suffering. she's in deep pain. from the looks of it, she's as good as dead.

so, given the situation, if you are this patient, would you still want to live?

i'm not pro-euthanasia. i am a nurse and what i do is help the doctor save lives; not end one.
all i'm saying is, it depends...

But at the end of the day, it is still the patient herself, or if incapable, her/his family will decide.


Anonymous said...

One thing i've learned here in the US is that a person has a choice, i mean yung patient mismo dpat me consent. Yung iba they put it in their will na if ever lantang gulay na sila wag na irevive, then optional din na idonate ang mga organs na functional pa.

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