To deny a person the right to live his or her life as he or she wishes implies that each individual does not know what is right for himself or herself.
However, the Euthanasia Laws Act effectively discriminates against people living in territories because the Commonwealth does not have the right to legislate on this matter for the States.
The person concerned can also authorise, through the will, any relative or friend to decide in consultation with medical experts when to pull the plug.
Voluntary euthanasia is the humane, moral and civilised outcome for Australia and consistent with providing dignity for terminally ill patients who want it.
It would follow that society should do its utmost to ensure that everyone stays alive no matter what the circumstances, and this would be unacceptable. The value bestowed on human life in all religious traditions and almost all cultures, such as the prohibition on murder is so pervasive that it is an element of common, and not statutory, law.
In effect, the Euthanasia Laws Act inflicts a form of discrimination on those terminally ill patients who would like to commit suicide but do not have the means to do so.
The right to die might be a right that is only ever exercised by a small minority of the population: In explaining her situation, she questioned that if she cannot give consent to her own death, then whose body is it?
The right to life does not demand that it must be exercised. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the rate of euthanasia in the Netherlands has decreased rather than increased.
Some patients will suffer the terror of breathlessness or vomit uncontrollably, others will be choking continuously or unable to swallow, others will be paralysed, and still others will be helpless, weak, incontinent and totally dependent on others.
Despite their claims, those opposing this right do not know, more than patients themselves, what is better for terminally ill patients.
No, life is precious. Members of the clergy, who seem to be the most vocal opponents of voluntary euthanasia, have imposed their values on euthanasia on other individuals through their opposition to the right to die, but I suspect that they would not entertain a reciprocal arrangement that impinged on their individual freedoms.
Physicians are more willing to prescribe pain medications, and the number and quality of hospice care facilities has rapidly increased. To have a right, does not imply that it is always right to execute that right. Source There are essentially two forms that euthanasia can take: The second reading speech for the Euthanasia Laws Act by Kevin Andrews MP referred to economic pressures on terminally ill patients, but not in a way that reflects a tight monetary situation.
In a democratic society, individualism posits that latitude be given to individuals to behave as they wish, and to develop and satisfy their interests.
I am personally much more in favour of the pro-PAS and pro-VAE positions, although the arguments against do raise issues that need to be addressed. If religious people object to voluntary euthanasia, they need not ever request euthanasia.
And it seems to be applied selectively. Forcing people to suffer against their will is wrong.
To kill another without these conditions being fulfilled is to commit murder under the Northern Territory Criminal Code—penalty mandatory life in prison.
It is forbidden in the original Hippocratic Oath, and has consistently been opposed by most religious traditions since antiquity — other than, incidentally, abortion, which has only been formally banned by the Catholic Church since the middle of the 19th century.Involuntary euthanasia occurs when the person expresses a wish to live but is nevertheless killed or allowed to die.
This distinction combines with the active/passive distinction to form six different types of euthanasia: voluntary active, voluntary passive, nonvoluntary active, nonvoluntary passive, involuntary active, and involuntary passive. The law in various countries varies when it comes to exercising the right to life in such instances but the fundamental issue is that every person has the autonomy to choose whether to live or die Zdenkowski, George.
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Search Home; Articles Current issues. Media A selection of media To deny a person the right to live his or her life as he or she wishes implies that each individual does not know what is right for himself or herself.
In support of physician assisted suicide or voluntary active euthanasia, the argument is often made that, as people have the right to live.
Euthanasia is the Right to Live or Die Euthanasia is unnatural and should be stopped immediately. The opposing side says that it is mercy killing, but it is still killing.Download