While many people vehemently oppose the case of Euthanasia, there is an equally strong force to back it up. Euthanasia, also called mercy killing, is the practice of sparing the patients of pains and sufferings from his or her terminal diseases, using lethal dose of medicines. The question of whether this should be legalized or not has been in debate for decades.
Reasons to support Euthanasia
People who back up Euthanasia and push for it to be legalized argue that this procedure is more kind to people who suffer. Supporters of this cause believe that if there is no way to cure the person of his sickness, then death is unavoidable. In this case, a doctor or a medical professional should be allowed to help end his life and stop all the pains completely. If a person is suffering from physical pains then it is more humane to free him of his unnecessary suffering. This belief is backed up by the constitutional right of privacy and supporters of this method also put individuality ahead of social norms.
Wolhandler, one of the most famous supporters of the mercy killing process, proposed that euthanasia is supported by constitutional right of privacy. A person is free from the state’s judgment if he or she voluntarily chooses euthanasia or suicide with external help.
Accommodating religious beliefs
The support for euthanasia is also rooted from the wish to accommodate different beliefs. The Supreme Court also seems to support the case of passive euthanasia. This presents a foundation for the second reason for euthanasia. The argument proposes that there is no need to make a clear cut line between active and passive practice of euthanasia. There is no distinction and it is impossible to try and tell them apart. Therefore, if passive euthanasia should be legalized then so is active one.
Another argument said that the court decision regarding state interest will also make both forms of euthanasia a legalized matter and thus, the distinction is no longer relevant.
Overall, the debate over euthanasia is still going on. Both the supporters and critics of this method have their own arguments and both sides strongly back up their beliefs. This remains a sensitive debate, as the life or death of people are being brought into question. Once this debate comes to an end, it will set a precedent to thousands, even millions of cases later, which affect the lives of thousands, or millions of people.