Latest news in assisted suicide

Although it is legal in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Oregon, Washington, California, Luxembourg and Mexico, numerous countries consider doctor assisted suicide illegal. Should people have the right to die with dignity? What are the conditions you need to fulfill in order to be accepted? Here are some news regarding assisted suicide and some facts you probably did not know by now.

Types of euthanasia

There are actually several types of euthanasia, classified in different ways. In some countries, only a few type of euthanasia are permitted. If certain people classify this procedure as active euthanasia or passive euthanasia, other people classify it as voluntary euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia. Active euthanasia implies the deliberate intervention to end someone’s life and the passive euthanasia involves withdrawing or withholding treatment required to maintain life.

When a person is conscious and demands for assisted suicide, it is called voluntary euthanasia. But when the patient is in a coma and does not have the ability to request it due to severe brain damage, yet they cannot live a normal life anymore, it is called non-voluntary euthanasia. Some doctors even perform involuntary euthanasia – on patients who do not want to and do not even know that they will die.

Circumstances matter a lot when euthanasia is requested or performed. Some of the procedures exceed moral limits and they are prone to get in jail for murder. But what is a fact is that we all have the right to be treated, alleviate our symptoms and request to die with dignity when living is not an option anymore.

The procedure will be permitted only if the patients give the consent – and they meet the requirements of doctor assisted suicide. What would you do if you would be approaching the end of your life and your suffering would be unbearable?