Objections Against Legalizing Euthanasia in Hong Kong

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The question of euthanasia raises serious moral issues, since it implies that active measures will be taken to terminate human life. The definition of “euthanasia” is taken from Keown (1995) with the term mainly refers to a decision that is concerned with direct interventions or withholding of life-prolonging measures and that choice agrees with a person’s own will. Euthanasia can be mainly classified into voluntary and involuntary ones. As involuntary euthanasia is conducted in the absence of an individual’s consent, it is believed to be a kind of murder. While voluntary euthanasia is with the person’s direct consent, it is still highly controversial and is the focus of discussion in this essay.

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It has long been believed that the role of doctors is to heal rather than to kill. The introduction of euthanasia will therefore cause conflict in the role of doctors and have long term effects on the doctor patient relationship. This is supported by a recently conducted survey of “Public and doctor’s attitude towards euthanasia” in Hong Kong (HKSPM, 2001). In the Netherlands, disabled people describe a growing mistrust of their doctors and fear of being admitted to hospitals where it used to be a place of care and safety for the needy of society. The reason behind is that doctors may become no longer professional as they are the ones who are indifferent to death and to cause death to patients. Likewise, patients start to doubt the intensions of their doctors in diagnosis, and accordingly the trust between them is likely to fall.

Dyck (2002) stresses that nearly all pain can be eliminated or reduced significantly if proper treatment is provided. “[M]ost doctors have never had a course in pain management so they are unaware of what to do” (Dyck, 2002). In that case, if a patient cannot relieve pain under a doctor’s care, the patient needs to find a different doctor to control the pain. More education of health care professionals is a better solution than using euthanasia to relieve pain of a patient.

Coercion of patients to use euthanasia against their wishes

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