PERSPECTIV – Euthanasia Documentary Video

PERSPECTIV – Euthanasia Documentary Video

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An ill minor has been helped to die in Belgium
for the first time since the country did away with age restrictions
on Euthanasia two years ago. On February 13, 2014 Belgium legalized Euthanasia by lethal injection for children according to the senator who wrote the law. Today, after two years in Belgium this is the first case of minor being granted Euthanasia. The minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region and was reported as critically ill but the officials refused to provide any further details
about the patient to protect the privacy of the grieving family. The Belgian law has very strict rules
for the Euthanasia to be approved. It requires the minor to be in the final stages of a critical illness, to fully understand the difference between life and death and to have asked to end his or her life on repeated occasions. It also requires parental consent and finally the approval of two doctors,
including a psychiatrist. However, there is still case where the minor
is being granted to Euthanasia. The fact that this child chose to be euthanized and was granted to it shows that euthanasia death is getting serious
and out of control. Welcome back to the most prestigious
and reliable news program of Malaysia, you are now watching, PERSPECTIV. We reveal truth and seek for the truth. I am Esthe Lim, humbly serving
as your news announcer today. The topic we are going to discuss today is Euthanasia. Euthanasia brings the meaning of good death in the Greek language, comes in modern life as a solution
to put someone to death of peace, to end their suffering and pain. Therefore, the people have different voices
towards the legalization of Euthanasia. As we are aware, taking someone’s life is not an issue
that can be easily determined as right or wrong. And of course, the people have different voices towards the legalization of Euthanasia. So what do you think? Before that, let’s listen to the opinions from
the professionals and the society. Medically, Euthanasia is a method of painless killing for a patient suffering from an incurable disease
or an irreversible coma. Countries that we look up to like, Belgium, Netherlands and other first world countries have legalised the use of Euthanasia despite being opposed by a majority group of people. Also in Malaysia there’s a huge opposition to the reception of Euthanasia. This happen because when the situation changes from curing the illness to killing
the individual with the illness, the whole process is threatened. What are the medical practitioners view on Euthanasia? Medical practitioners, who are some supporting and some opposing. The main purpose of opposing is because they believe
it violates the Hippocratic Oath. Which reads, ‘ To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug
nor give advice which may cause his death.’ This visibly prohibits the killing of a human being, and also forbids any aid in suicide. But some medical practitioners argue that the oath tells doctors to care for their patients, doctors shouldn’t be letting their patients suffer without knowing when the suffering ends. The oath expects doctors to be responsible to improve the patients’ quality of life. So it is the doctor’s responsibility when a patient who is in constant pain wants to end his life. How it is done? Euthanasia? There are two types of Euthanasia. There is passive euthanasia, where we withhold or withdraw the treatment that keeps them alive. For example, by removing their oxygen supply. And there are several methods for active euthanasia. One of it is by prescribing drugs that intent to kill them. The commonly known method is by lethal injection. The first injection is to render the patients comatose and the second injection is to stop the heart. Even gases are used for Euthanasia. What is your opinion on Euthanasia? Well, Euthanasia in Malaysia is opposed for the fact that human lives must be respected. I believe Euthanasia helps those who wants to end their life in a rightful and legal manner. Because I think it is a rightful of respecting their right to autonomy and for mercy. But it does not mean that, we grant Euthanasia for someone who is seeking suicide as an option or as their solution. Euthanasia has become a trend. Each and every year, the law governing Euthanasia has become more and more lenient and the amount of people seeking for
death under this method had increased dramatically. The increasing demand of Euthanasia has become the concern of the government from all around the world. We can see that until today, Euthanasia has been legalized in quite a number of country. For example, Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and in some of the states in US. Despite the country that do not permits Euthanasia, the law on Euthanasia is different
among those country which permits it. The legal age limitation may also be different in each country. Most of the country that permitted Euthanasia require the patient to reach the age of 18, however this might not be the situation
in Belgium and Netherland. In 2004, Belgium removed age limit allowing competent children to request on Euthanasia with their parents’ consent. In the same year, Netherlands also permitted Euthanasia to be done for minor at the age of 12 or above with parental consent and for minor who achieved age of 16, without parental consent. Netherland also allows Euthanasia of new born babies with having poor prognosis, in agreement with the child’s parents. Human beings have an explicit right to life and this includes the right to end their life however they want it. Death on its own is a private matter and as for me, it does not disrupt the lives of others, it does not harm the life of others so why are we stopping these people
from choosing how they want to die? Is choosing to die really a bad thing? Is death really a bad thing? At some point of time, You and I, we will all die. So what is so taboo about these people
asking to die in a manner they wish with the support from their loved ones? Aren’t we being cruel to stop them from realising their dreams and desires? I used to clarify one thing about Euthanasia. The person applying for Euthanasia are not those who suffers from minor depression You cannot ask for Euthanasia and expect for it to be granted without having proper medical examination
on your health condition. People condemn me, you know. People ask me why I am fighting for the cause of legalizing Euthanasia. People ask me why I bother making it legal for humans to end their life. Let me tell you a story, I have an uncle, he took care of me ever since I was little. My father died, you see. So, he is the only one as a father figure that I look up to. He was a very active man He was very passionate about life He loves exploring life But one day he got into an accident, and he is fully paralyzed until now. It is really heartbreaking, seeing him unable to do anything, when you know he loves exploring life, he loves to go everywhere in this world, and challenge himself to the fullest. It is agonizing, seeing him and hearing him, cry himself to sleep every night. It is painful. So what I am saying is, Put yourself in the shoes – and would you bare living life trapped in the useless body but with a healthy mind. Have some heart for these people. Have some heart, make a move
to legalize Euthanasia. Stand with me, as we fight in making this right happened as it should happened a long time ago. In deciding on whether or not
we want to legalize Euthanasia, we have to look at the societies’ cultural, religious and traditional beliefs. In Malaysia, we still believe in a Creator and the holiness of live given by that Creator. Life is a precious gift from God and it should not be easily tampered with. But by legalising Euthanasia, we are simply letting the laws to be abused. We are letting the people, to tamper with the significance of life itself. In the context of the individual concerned, if they suffered some kind of illness or incapability, they somehow feel that they are a burden to the family. This creates pressure for the patients, making them feel like rejected, isolated or maybe estranged from their family. So, instead of being of a constant pressure
of burden to the family, they chose death. They think that Euthanasia is the only solution for their problems. Which is in this case later, Euthanasia may no longer be regarded as a right to die, but a duty to die. Accepting Euthanasia means that, we accept that some lives are less valuable than others. We devalues lives in Euthanasia. By legalizing Euthanasia, I could say that we are sending a clear message to the society; it is better to died than to be sick or disabled. Life is not just having a healthy life, having fun or fulfilling all your dreams and wishes. It is not life. Life is all about going through good and bad times together, and working hard and also facing all your obstacles and fears. Life is about being with each other through good and bad times, including your lowest time in life. We must be there and support each other. That is life. That is the point of being a human. If we are legalising Euthanasia, we are simply going against human nature. And some research had been conducted and this research had found that all the doctors and nurses
have psychologically impact after executing Euthanasia. It is common for these doctors and nurses to take a day off after executing the procedure. So, what I could say is that, Euthanasia do give psychological impact to the people involved in the procedure. It is to be noted that this research is mainly focused on the doctors and nurses. What about the family members? What about the loved ones? Surely, this act of Euthanasia will give a harsher blow on them. Generally, there are two points of view on Euthanasia. Those who are pro Euthanasia which believing that it is their right to determine their life and those who are against it, believing that it is immoral and against human nature. The fact that whether a government of a country would deny or allow the application of this law, will very much depend on the common view or the acceptance of the majority. In a democratic society, the government and the law are the mutual creation of the society. It is the people who decide and practice the law. So if the citizen of a country does not agree and believe in that particular law, the law is said to have lost its function. So if the majority of citizen in a country agrees with the implementation of Euthanasia, the government will most probably implement the law in line with the will of the citizens and vice versa. However, in my opinion, as Malaysia is influenced by eastern culture and values, and the 1st principal of national principle which connotes that belief in God is contradicting with the concept of Euthanasia. Hence, I think that it is with a very low possibility that Euthanasia will be legalize in our nation. After referring to the opinions from the professionals and society, so what do you think about Euthanasia? Whether it is a grant of happiness by putting them in death to end the suffers or a wrong method to put them to die? Personally, regardless if you agree or disagree, I think that the life is owned by the patients themselves, so why would we suffice our own benchmark of morality to continue to let them suffer. So, what about you? What is your opinion on Euthanasia? Kindly drop your comments and opinions on our official page, and we welcome you to share your view with us. Thank you for watching PERSPECTIV and we see you next week.

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