Human life must be respected

2016-12-13 06:01

IN most countries killing another person is considered murder, even if the intention is to “ease the pain”, even if the person has a terminal illness. The so-called “right to die” (for the patient) implies the duty to kill (for someone else, in this case the doctor).

Changing the law to allow euthanasia or assisted suicide will certainly put pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives for fear of being a financial, emotional or care burden upon others. This would especially affect people who are disabled, elderly, sick or depressed. Some would face the added risk of pressure by others who might stand to gain from their deaths.

Moreover, euthanasia undermines our trust in the medical profession. When we support euthanasia, the frail, elderly and sick cannot be confident that doctors will treat them rather than terminate them. Suffering and sick people need assurance and comfort, not anxiety and fear as to what their doctors may do with them. Human life must be respected regardless of age, gender, race, religion, social status or potential for success.

E. PEEK

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