Euthanasia or mercy killing is literally defined as "the practice of ending the life of a human who is incurably ill in a minimally painful way in the purpose of limiting suffering specially by a doctor or under his control." Euthanasia also concerns the act performed by anyone to help someone incurably ill who wants to die. Euthanasia is not a new concept and is not linked (as commonly thought) to the developments in modern medicine. In fact, it already existed in Antic Greece where euthanasia meant "good death". This word became really controversial when used by the Nazis during the World War II to eliminate what was referred by them as "undesirable populations". Due to the outrage committed by the Nazis, euthanasia found little support afterwards and finally around the 1960's the advocacy for the ?right to die' appeared. Euthanasia is divided into several categories, the main ones being 1.) Active euthanasia- a voluntary action in order to stop a person's suffering. 2.) Passive euthanasia- to stop taking a curative treatment/ medicine keeping the patient alive. There is no use of ways accelerating the death.
[...] The social debate around euthanasia There are arguments for and against euthanasia. For: Freedom and human dignity are both being referred too which are fundamental for democracy. The idea being is that anybody should have the right to dispose of one's body, and the patient should have the right to decide what he wants to do with his body. To that argument, critics may say that in French law, body is considered to be a specific thing which must be protected, protection which results from the principle of unavailability of the human body which is mentioned in the article 16 of the Code civil. [...]
[...] He even wrote a letter to the president Jacques Chirac who refused to agree to his request and advised him to try to retrieve some taste to life (which is a little bit strange). His mother decided to help him and administered him poison. Vincent felt into a profound coma and was admitted in the intensive care service of the doctor Frederic Chaussoy. The mother of Vincent was immediately arrested and put in custody. After discussion with the family, the doctor decided to stop every measure of resuscitation and injected him a strong dosage of potassium chloride which provoked the death of Vincent. [...]
[...] Euthanasia / mercy killing : right to die in dignity or murder ? Euthanasia or mercy killing is literally defined as practise of ending the life of a human who is incurably ill in a minimally painful way in the purpose of limiting suffering specially by a doctor or under his control.” Euthanasia also concerns the act made by anyone to help someone incurably ill who wants to die. Euthanasia is nothing new and is not linked as commonly thought to the developments of the modern medicine. [...]
[...] This case is a single example of many other Euthanasia case not directly punished by judges. However, recently the judges seem to have decided to remind the principle of the law which forbids euthanasia in a case with similar facts of the 15 of March 2007 giving symbolic punishment to the doctor who gave a lethal injection to his patient suffering from a cancer year of imprisonment.) This brings the following question: regarding, the decision made in courts, in which the judge applies much more lenient sanctions than what is settled by the judge and sometime even exonerate the defendant of his liability Should the law be modified. [...]
[...] - Poisoning which is also punished of 30 years of imprisonment These was the incrimination held by the criminal court in many cases in France for example in 1998 when the court charged a man who gave a too strong dosage of lethal injection to an old woman affected by an incurable cancer. Some countries in comparison allow a strictly controlled euthanasia. In England for example, as in France, active euthanasia is constitutive of a murder. And for passive euthanasia, the case laws allowed it when the patient refused a treatment ( in the case Airedale NHS vs Trust Vbland of the 9 of February or when the doctor decides to stop it but currently. [...]
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