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Roger Foley, who has a degenerative brain condition, is suing a hospital, health care agencies, and the government for denying his right to “assisted life.”
Euthanasia is the idea that a patient can choose to end their own life with a doctor’s help. Belgium now allows children of any age to choose euthanasia.
Should people have a right to death-on-demand by euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide to escape suffering or a life some consider “not worth living”? When we realize that this is tantamount to asking for murder-on-demand, the sanitized sounding word euthanasia takes on its true colors.
There can be a fine line between comfort measures and euthanasia. We must be careful not to allow a living will to cross that line.
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Hippocrates' 'Oath' encapsulated the position of many of the Greek philosophers in condemning suicide, notably Pythagoras, and became the standard of ethics for doctors to follow.
Euthanasia is one of the most critical issues ever to face Western society.