In the countries where euthanasia is legalized, physician would act directly by giving a lethal injection, to end the patient's life who has requested so for a relief for intractable suffering. It is held that the lethal injection is a pain medication in order to relieve suffering along with hastening of death.
The pro-assisted dying activists advocate that if a patient has an incurable and painful disease, instead of making him or her to vegetate through life support system, he or she should be assisted to end life. In common parlance euthanasia is also called mercy killing or medically assisted dying.
On the other hand, those who are against euthanasia argue for the sanctity of life and morality. They believe that euthanasia is a criminal homicide despite the request made by the patient who is intractably suffering. It is seen as a physician-assisted suicide and a criminal act.
According to a good majority of my neighbourhood friends, when a
patient suffers from an unalterable prolonged illness, it is both an
acute suffering both for the patient and the kin at the emotional and
economical levels. They feel that that legalizing euthanasia is required
in India with due considerations for medical ethics and pre-condition
of expressed desire of terminally sick person.
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