Journalist and author George Pitcher has said that any change in the law would have .” Increased autonomy would apply only if you met all the criteria to be eligible.
If you had a disease where the prognosis is not straightforward, dementia or a chronic but not terminal disease, then you would not meet the criteria; attempts to extend the law further would be almost inevitable.
This would especially affect people who are disabled, elderly, sick or depressed.
Some would face the added risk of coercion by others who might stand to gain from their deaths.
Euthanasia is the Greek word for “good death.” It is also known as mercy killing.
It is the action of ending a life that suffers from a terminal illness or an incurable disease, usually by a lethal injection. Shouldn’t patients have the right to end their lives? Supporters of euthanasia believe that allowing people to ‘die with dignity’ is kinder than forcing them to continue their lives with suffering. In the Netherlands in 1990 around 1,000 patients were killed without their request. Also, a ‘right to die’ for some people might well become a ‘duty to die’ by others, particularly those who are vulnerable or dependent upon others. The pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide lobby emphasise the importance of personal choice and autonomy.Despite any of the good things that might come out of euthanasia, I still believe that we shouldn’t allow it.My first reason that euthanasia should not be allowed is because prejudices may influence and cause problems with it. If I had to live like you, I think I’d kill myself.” (Johnson-February 16, 2003) Professor Peter Singer is an influential philosopher.But surely the most compassionate thing to do is to care for a person at the end of their life and to show them that their life has tremendous value regardless of age or abilities.Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients.Britain is the only country in the world where palliative care is a recognised medical specialism.Further, in a recent survey by The Economist Britain was ranked first in the world for quality end-of-life care.We were also concerned that vulnerable people – the elderly, lonely, sick or distressed – would feel pressure, whether real or imagined, to request early death.” The law must protect the most vulnerable people in society.We must never let the depressed, the confused, those in terrible pain, the aged and the vulnerable feel that they should pursue the path of assisted suicide so as not to be a burden on others.