Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Mercy Killing or not ?
“ Euthanasia means an action which aims taking the life of someone at his expressed request, it concerns an action of which death is the purpose and the result “. This definition applies only to voluntary Euthanasia and excludes the non-voluntary or involuntary euthanasia, the killing of a patient without patient’s knowledge or consent. Some call this “ life –terminating treatment”. Euthanasia or “ mercy killing ” is directly intentional killing of a patient with either their consent (voluntary), without their consent when impossible (non-voluntary), or without consent but not sought (involuntary). Many patients are in immense suffering and may be led to choose death as the answer by these ‘doctors’, friends or relatives. The culpability for the patient, in these cases may be lessened, but, this action of killing can never be justified. These patients, whether having an incurable disease, being elderly or suffering in other ways, are crying out for help and love. As humans we cannot always see the answers and for that reason, it is not we to decide about the death of a human being, GOD has not given us this authority. We must also ask ourselves concerning euthanasia, where it will end ? If we allow the elderly or the incurable to be assisted in suicide, what other groups will be given this ‘right’. Will the handicapped or mentally retarded be the next ? Will teenagers, who are the leading age group of suicide, also have this ‘right to die’ ? The answer rests in our hands, if we continue to disrespect human life and it’s creator, GOD, the we will destroy ourselves. A right is a moral claim and since we do not have a claim on death, which itself has a claim on us we cannot act for the right we don’t have. Perhaps Mother Teresa was right when she said that “ if a mother can kill her own child, what is there to stop you and me from killing each other ”.