Should Euthanasia be legalized in Sweden?
In today’s contemporary society, it is acknowledged by all individuals that all living organisms end their life cycle with a stage known as death. However the question one should ask is whether individuals should be given the right to curtail their life; should one be allowed to intentionally take one’s own life? In this essay, I will be discussing whether or not euthanasia should be legalized in Sweden; this will be accomplished by examining the arguments for and against. Only by fully examining the different perspectives will I be able to reach an informed conclusion. However it is vital to start off this essay by answering the questions of what euthanize is, how it works and any other background information that may be necessary for you, the reader to understand my point of view.
Euthanasia “is the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that person.” (). to clarify, this essay is about legalizing voluntary euthanasia only (the patient decides on his/her own free will to take their own life). There are only 5 countries in the world where euthanasia has been legalized, and they are Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia and the state of Oregon in USA. The process of euthanasia is extremely complex and not all individuals are accepted. The main method used is lethal injections, the patient is injected with a lethal solution into the brachial artery; within a few minutes the solutions is circulated around the body and the heart beats gradually come to a halt. It’s a painless method, as a high percentage of the solution consists of morphine. For a patient to be given permission for euthanasia, it is required that the patient is examined by a doctor, along with a physiologist to conclude that the patient is in a state of “unbearable” pain and of sane mind. The definition of what unbearable pain is differs, as every single individual reacts differently to a state or condition. Therefore, once the patient has been examined and is a possible applicant, they are sent to the Supreme Court and given a trial where the patient’s case is presented. It is a long process and can take up to 2 years, but it is vital to ensure that no mistakes are made. Below are 4 main points, which are necessary for candidacy: