GOOD NEWS FOR US HUMANISTS & RATIONALISTS!
WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE EUTHANASIA LEGAL IN OUR COUNTRY for the last eight years. Since the time when young Venkatesh from Hyderabad appealed for euthanasia to relieve him from pain and to donate his body parts for medical use, we have been writing on this matter.
At last Supreme Court is giving a serious thought to this sensitive issue.
Aruna Shanbaug will live, as we still do not have a law to support mercy-killing. Only passive euthanasia is allowed on exceptional cases – says SC. It means, particularly on brain death, when the patient is in a permanent state of coma and is on life support, the life support system can be willfully discontinued and the person allowed to die. In case of Aruna, there was no life-support except feeding. She was supposedly not feeling any pain and the nursing home staff was taking good care of her free of charge. So there was no question of actively killing her. Fine.
But what about situations when the person concerned is in acute pain— and is able to express his or her will— and pleads for mercy-killing? Should we not consider the last wish of the person who is suffering? Is he not allowed to take his own decision regarding his own precious life?
WE THANK THE SUPREME COURT FOR GIVING THE QUESTION OF MERCY-KILLING DUE IMPORTANCE.
AND WE CONGRATULATE OUR MEMBERS FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE AS REALLY ESSENTIAL FOR A HEALTHY SOCIETY AND FOR KEEPING THE QUESTION ALIVE.
Let us start a debate afresh and expect logical answer to this old question.
“The issue of euthanasia needs to be seriously debated.” – Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily