IELTS writing essay, Euthanasia is no longer acceptable in modern society
Euthanasia is no longer acceptable in modern society. Discuss the solutions to accept this fact.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this question. You should write at least 250 words.
Euthanasia means putting an end to life with an intention to relieve pain and suffering. Different countries define euthanasia differently though the connotation remains the same. India’s Supreme Court issued a ruling to allow “passive euthanasia”, declaring that every individual has the right to die with dignity. However, the misuse of euthanasia for selfish ends is not uncommon. This has raised a question about its acceptance in the present social system.
Eminent lawyers voice the fear of euthanasia misuse in many eastern countries which are notorious for property disputes. The family members of old people can opt for intentional killing for unsurping their properties. Then, it is not uncommon to find people who don’t want to spend time and money taking care of their old and ill parents. For them, euthanasia may seem like an easy solution to run away from their responsibilities. Moreover, there are several documented cases of abuse in countries where euthanasia and assisted suicide is legal. It encourages vulnerable people to end their lives. There are people who have ended or are made to end their lives for petty reasons. For instance, in Belgium, a woman was euthanized because she was suffering from anorexia.
In most countries killing another person is considered murder, even if the intention is to “ease the pain”. It is believed that euthanasia is never necessary, even less since the advent of palliative care. Palliative care provided by a well-trained team can help the patient, his family and loved ones by controlling physical, mental, social and existential suffering. This is the reason why many western countries like Canada oppose euthanasia for it could become an economical method of treating the terminally ill patients. Not just that, there have been cases where medical personnel who carry out euthanasia for patients had to undergo psychotherapy and face personal consequences.
All in all, euthanasia is increasing in countries that have legalized it and we are witnessing worrisome abuse in these jurisdictions. It should not be forgotten that for a citizen to kill another, even if for compassionate reasons opens a Pandora’s box. Human life must be respected regardless of age, gender, religion, social status or potential for success. That is the reason for the almost universal prohibition against deliberately taking the life of a person.