Euthanasia


Public opinion for euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide
has always been mixed. A poll that was taken by the Gallup
Organization in Canada during July 1995 proves that people are
starting to see the advantages of euthanasia. The first question
that was asked was:

"When a person has an incurable disease that is immediately
life threatening and causes that person to experience great
suffering, do you, or do you not think that competent doctors
should be allowed by law to end the patient\'s life through
mercy killing, if the patient has made a formal request in
writing?"

It is proven in this first question that the general public
believes that cases of great pain and suffering deserve the right
to choose euthanasia as an option to stop the pain. Three
quarters of the people surveyed believed that the choice should
be given to the patient.
The second question was about non-immediate life threatening
cases:

"When a person has an incurable disease that is not
immediately life-threatening but causes that person to
experience great suffering, do you, or do you not think that
competent doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient\'s
life through mercy killing, if the patient has made a formal
request in writing?"

As you can see, when a case is not immediately life threatening,
the general publics answer is mixed. The people who answered no
may be thinking of treatment that has not been tried yet or
treatment that may come in the future due to new technologies.
Medical Advancements: During the last 20 years, technological
advancement has increased more than the advancement of the whole
time of man before that. People that have the no opinion on
euthanasia may be thinking that the person may be saved by a
sudden medical advancement. It would be terrible for a member of
your family to take a lethal dose of drugs, given to them by a
doctor, to find the next day while reading a recent medical
journal that a cure had been found a few days before. How would
you feel?