Taking a Look at Euthanasia

695 WordsFeb 1, 20183 Pages
The word ‘euthanasia’ comes from Greek and means ‘pleasant death’. It typically refers to the killing of a person for their own good, usually to end their suffering. Medically assisted suicide, where doctors help patients to die or actually kill them, is legal in a number of European countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands. Euthanasia is a highly complex issue involving difficult questions regarding the role of modern government and the rights of individual citizens. The central argument of those supporting legalisation of euthanasia is the right of individuals, often in unbearable pain, to choose where and when they will die. The arguments against the legalisation of euthanasia highlight the inability of any government to support acts violating the right to life of its citizens. In law, euthanasia has no special legal position in the Hong Kong. In other words, euthanasia would be treated as murder or manslaughter. Euthanasia is always an controversial issue, it would raise a wide range of sophisticated moral, ethical, social, philosophical, legal and religious concerns. Many of these were raised in the case of Diane Pretty, who was dying of motor neurone disease and wanted her husband to end her life without being prosecuted for aiding and abetting suicide. Her case led to a high-profile legal and public debate on the issue, as her husband first applied to domestic courts, and then to the European Court of Human Rights for judicial review of the refusal to

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