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Antonio Pardo Caballos , , Medicine and Bioethics Education Unit

Euthanasia, controlled?


Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:05:00 +0000 Published in La Razón

Periodically, those with a cervical fear of suffering re-propose the legal approval of euthanasia: that the physician can deliberately bring about their death if they so wish. It is often argued that the terminally ill patient in insufferable pain whose only remedy is death should have it within his or her reach. That case simply does not exist, and palliative medicine knows how to avoid it. But the approval opens a Pandora's box, which is a call for prudence. Concretely: euthanasia replaces medicine: if the doctor can kill his patient, killing him is not a way of caring for him, it is killing him. Because it is easier than treating him, euthanasia tends to spread to the point of replacing adequate medical care. It has been proven that the issue of euthanasia grows when it is legally approved.

The thesis that a legal or administrative control can keep its internship in check against the patient's will is utopian. What role or what inspector can prevent the patient from receiving a lethal substance in his intravenous drip? Will there be a health inspector in every hospital room analyzing everything that comes in? Abdicating the right to live leaves life at the mercy of others. The spread of euthanasia, which goes with its internal dynamics, is impossible to stop extrinsically once the door is opened.