It's no longer a secret that every day people die of incurable diseases. Thus, the last part in the lives of many is full of extreme, pointless suffering. In this dark circumstances, the concept of euthanasia has begun to raise more and more controversies and debates over the last years. Is this choice ethical? Can it be made legal?
Every year throughout the world millions of persons die of incurable illnesses such as cancer, rare diseases with no cure, neuronal degenerative diseases etc. A great number of suffering persons in terminal stages suffer in extreme agony. It is not only them, but their families as well. Imagine what it would be like to stay and watch every day for months a person dear to you die in an agonizing manner. Many ill persons would want to put an end to their suffering once and for all. Eventually it is also about the dignity of the last moments of life.
It is why the idea of euthanasia is becoming more and more widespread. However, the efforts made to legalize it have a fierce opponent: the drug companies, especially the companies that produce strong painkillers such as morphine. Morphine but also other painkillers used by patients in terminal stages bring a great part of the annual profit of these companies.
Regarding the ethical aspect of euthanasia, there are a few aspects which should be very clear. As well as the person is an adult and is declared sane following a psychological evaluation, the choice should completely belong to him or her. It is that person’s life and the choice to end it or continue to suffer should be his or her choice, and nobody else’s.
One of the weak spots in this matter may be the selection of the medical personnel who would execute the medical procedure. It is certain that physicians with superior mental strength need to be instructed. It is not easy to take another human being’s life, even though it is desired by the person in question.