Euthanasia is largely regarded as a form of death where one is assisted through a deliberate action. The objective is to relieve pain on a suffering individual. This is an assisted suicide and assists in ending one's life in a painless approach. Nonetheless, many people disagree with the interpretation arguing that it should include a reference to stubborn distress. In a number of countries, the practice is banned. In the UK, it is unlawful to help someone kill himself or herself irrespective of the prevailing situations. In fact, such an action carries a maximum of a 14-year sentence in the country. In the US, the legislation on euthanasia depends on the state.

The termination of the life of an individual prematurely has varied opinions and views from people across the board. The practice has become rampant all over the world, although there are no clear laws that allow the practice. Some nations have no laws on euthanasia while others have totally banned the practice. It is an extremely controversial issue in today’s society, and people hold varying views regarding the morality and legalization of the practice. Euthanasia presents moral, cultural and religious values with a great challenge; therefore, requires adequate policy formulation and strict regulation set up. Some people think that the termination of life is far-sighted given the suffering of a patient. Whereas it is prudent to sympathize with the patient, ending one's life is not a good option since it infringes on the ‘right to life’. It should not be morally permissible in a society that holds ethical and religious values.

Health professionals in consultation with the patients should identify safer means to treat an individual. It is important that the family members and health officer offer close monitoring of the situation of the patient while allowing nature to take its course. Death affects the family members and friends of an individual just like when the patient is suffering due to sickness. Developing a principle of protection in health practice will require leadership from the newly established health care centers. Additionally, sustaining safer systems in health professional, monitoring, timely feedback to health experts and clients is important for continued advancement of quality health. There need to be clear laws to guide the practice, which include the views of religious leaders and other stakeholders who help in shaping the values of a society. Euthanasia is a delicate balancing act, especially when a patient has agreed to have his or her life terminated.

Published on  August 18th, 2018