Assisted Death: The Euthanasia Controversy

The euthanasia controversy centers around the ethical, legal, and medical issues raised by intentionally ending a person's life to alleviate suffering. Proponents argue that individuals have the right to autonomy and self-determination over their own lives, including the choice to end their suffering when faced with a terminal illness or unbearable pain. Opponents maintain that euthanasia is morally wrong, violates the sanctity of life, and could lead to a slippery slope where the value of life is diminished. There are different types of euthanasia, including voluntary euthanasia (where the individual requests and consents to the ending of their life), non-voluntary euthanasia (where the individual is unable to consent due to incapacity), and involuntary euthanasia (where the individual's life is ended against their will). The legality and ethical considerations surrounding euthanasia vary widely across different countries and cultures.