Euthanasia Should Be Carried Out On Sick Patients

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Introduction The debate, on whether euthanasia should be carried out on sick patients in hospitals, and wether life supporting equipments should be withdrawn for such patients has continued to elicit debate. There are those who believe that all measures should be taken to ensure patients have been alleviated from pain. Proponents of euthanasia argue that patients in pain should not be left to continue suffering, and that doctors have a role to ensure they do everything possible to terminate the suffering. On a similar platform, proponents of euthanasia also believe that treatment to sustain life can also be withheld or withdrawn if the patient is critically ill. This means that doctors can easily withhold any treatment that could have been used to prolong the life of the patient, if the patient is believed to be critically ill, and that no amount of treatment would alleviate death. However, opponents of euthanasia believe that any action aimed at terminating life is wrong and should not be tolerated. On a similar platform, opponents believe to be a criminal action, any action taken to withhold or withdraw any treatment that has the capability of sustaining life. This essay is going to discuss euthanasia and the withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment in respect to the stipulations of Australian Law. It will also continue to analyse the differences in their definitions and make assertions on whether the distinctions provided by the Australian Law are
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