Should Euthanasia Be Legalized Or Not


“Euthanasia” meaning ‘the practise of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering ‘is considered to be a crime in several countries across the globe. Approved by the Hippocratic oath of the Greek medical texts, every human being should be given the explicit right to a dignified death. Euthanasia is a dawn to intolerable pain and monotonous suffering. It is not a phenomenon of shortening life-span but is a device of ceasing a torture which eats away every part of the body with every passing day.

Euthanasia often saves a financially sinking family, caught in desperate hope of saving the victim from a cureless disease. It upholds self determination and often relieves individuals of false anticipation. Voluntary euthanasia, a form of ‘mercy killing,’ is performed by the approval of the patient and is justified. It does not cause harm to others rather it saves them from the evils of its social and mental consequences.

Although the ‘anti-euthanasia’ public claim that such a practice violates and exploits ‘the fundamental right to live’ of the individual, they fail to realize that the victim’s life is plunged into intolerable pain and despair, to such an extent that he/she chooses death over life. The essence of life fails to instil any hope of recovery in such a tormented state of mind.

The right to die should be given the equal weight to our right to die. Euthanasia in a manner upholds and protects humanity since its disapproval would trespass the essential right of an individual to decide what is right for their betterment. Everyone condemns a life devoid of the basic of life such as inability to move and eat. After a phase of torture, they choose death over such “life-less” soul. Moreover, euthanasia does not violate any rules or norms.

Death is not an evil consisting of horrified pain but a dignified and basic phenomenon. It should not be thought of as a negative term . To let people plunged in a life of suffering would be selfish and thus euthanasia should be promoted.

Euthanasia is not the murder of a desperate body but the rescue of an aching soul. Although involuntary euthanasia may be condemned to a certain extent, voluntary euthanasia should be legalized in all countries for the betterment of the human race. It is a moral phenomenon which brings a relief to the despaired soul and helps in attaining eternal peace.