Even as the world advances in curative knowledge, euthanasia has been a burning issue and a point of debate. Euthanasia, which is a term that originated from Greeks and Romans who believed it was of no use conserving life of a person who wasn’t worth living, is a situation whereby a patient’s life is ended by a general practitioner so as to avert further suffering. Palliative cancer care is one of the most important areas where physician assisted suicide takes its toll (Munk, 2008). Experienced hands have always looked at this medical practice using two sides of the coin: while some people believe it is a great way out, others feel it is heartless to assist suicide to a suffering patient. Albeit some researchers claim that euthanasia is unethical, its importance should not be undermined.
Webb (2005) claims that euthanasia could be an enviable tool on occasions when a patient has lost the power of calculation. If the patient wants to die, his or her wish should be respected. The argument continues to point out on therapeutic technology as unhelpful in such occasions. Researchers assert that medical technology like respirators and pacemakers that keep the body alive even when the brain is dysfunctional is costly and the patient may never get to be well in the long run. A simple explanation to that is that even if the duration of life is prolonged, living a life that is not optimal is not valued. The choice of life and death remains an important issue in practicing euthanasia.
Some people believe that they are responsible of their own life and on occasions of severe illness, suffering and other problems, they should be able to determine when to live and when to die. The patient is the only person that knows what he/she is going through; maybe he/she is going through so much pain. The fact that you cannot share the pain is alleged to be a good reason to grant the patients their wishes. Most patients usually know when there are no better options and in such cases, it is their right to choose to put an end to their lives (Webb, 2005).
In conclusion, the question of whether euthanasia is right or wrong may be of lesser significance. Moreover, the fact remains that no one can be an exact replica of another person and feelings of the patient regarding living or dying should be respected without question.