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The Language of Euthanasia

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The Language of Euthanasia Our society is filled with controversial issues. Abortion, prostitution and euthanasia are all issues which lead to many heated debates in everyday conversation. An individual's stance on these topics is often a direct correlate of society's current environment as well as the individual's own value system. These values are often based upon religion, upbringing, and one's own personal experiences. One personal experience that most of us have endured at one point or another is that of having an elderly loved one die. Death and dying are an inevitable part of our existence which we must all face one day. It's interesting then to think that, there are those individuals that make the conscious decision to embrace death while others attempt to put off their last moments on earth. The power and ability to control when death is inflicted may soon become readily available to the elderly and society. Would this not then allow mankind to play God? It is this very question, which in the last decade has come to the forefronts of society, government, and organized religion. With its increasing popularity Euthanasia appears to have become an easy answer to a much more complex underlying problem. In essence then Sheila Grant in her article. The Language of Euthanasia accurately describes the concept of euthanasia as simply being a fancy word used to describe the immoral act of killing another human being whether old or young. As the title of the article indicates the language of euthanasia plays a pivotal role in the issue. The author methodically builds up her position on what exactly the language of Euthanasia is and how it is exploited. The author partially contributes the rising popularity of euthanasia to the fact that society misunderstands the exact connotations attached to the concept. Not being able to fully comprehend the fundamental elements of an issue results in difficulty understanding and arguing that particular issue. ...read more.

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Nevertheless, unfortunately if for some reason Euthanasia is legalized perhaps there should be a mandatory waiting period as well as counselling sessions. By providing such services both the patient and their family would be required to reflect on both the short term and long term implications of their decision. Commonly financial restraints also play a huge role in both the short and long term implications. With the baby boomers aging and with a greater burden being placed on our health care system it has been suggested that euthanasia be used as a means of health care cost containment. With hospitals budgets being slashed these institutions are likely to benefit financially from providing less, rather than more, care for their patients. It's not wise then to completely trust such institutions as they have their own priorities which may not always coincide with those of the patients. In order to survive the healthcare system in Canada has started on the road to privatization. There are millions of individuals who across the world don't have access to medical insurance, medication, or pain control. In the future with this privatized system treatments would only be available to those able to pay for them. Then the dangerous circumstances arise where euthanasia becomes the only affordable choice for an individual. This results in the further widening of the gap between the poor and rich and where wealth and power are the deciding factors between life and death, not God. In conclusion then we must begin to understand that we as able bodied humans see things from a narrow scope. Often times the disabled or sick are content with their lives and we merely inflict death on then due to our lack of compassion and understanding towards their condition. Education is necessary in order for us to completely understand what these individuals endure. Without such knowledge how can any of us make the choice for them between life and death? ...read more.

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Should we be entitled to make decisions about our last moment before anybody else, namely relatives, friends or physicians ? Have you ever asked yourselves those questions ? We have, and these very questions are the reason why our association was created. ADMD (the Association for the Right to Die with Dignity) campaigns for the right to end one's life in a peaceful, dignified manner. This can be achieved only if one is given full freedom of choice regarding one's last moment in the near or in the distant future. ADMD's goal is to promote change not only in the minds of the general public, but also in the way the healthcare profession responds to end the moral misery, physical decay and unnecessary pain preceding and accompanying death. ADMD strongly objects to resorting to euthanasia for political, social or economic purposes. Ever since 1980, ADMD has relentlessly crusaded for the right for all to receive the best pain relief and to refuse any unnecessary prolongation of life by medical means. Those legitimate demands have now been met by a French government memo (ministerial circular of May 1995) which recognises the patient's new rights. However, a law is now required to ensure compliance with the circular in everyday situations. ADMD's priority is to get the authorities to endorse a " declaration of the will to die with dignity ", a genuine living will enabling those requesting it formally to receive active assistance in dying. ADMD is open to everyone irrespective of their political or religious backgrounds. Though formerly virtually unknown or misunderstood, the ideas advocated by the Association have gained ground among the public at large. Several opinion surveys clearly indicate that an overwhelming majority of the French people supports the right to an assisted death when patients experience pain and suffering which have become unacceptable in their own judgement You do not accept physical degradation : this is your own decision. You want to have control over the end of your life : this is your right. Join ADMD for the full recognition of your rights. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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