Too many variables to legalise euthanasia


It is problematic to argue that euthanasia is a logical progression to the Advance Medical Directive and, therefore, mercy killing should be decriminalised (Calls for abolition of euthanasia offence, death penalty, S377A; Oct 25).

The Advance Medical Directive is a written document that contains one’s wishes regarding medical end-of-life issues, and it acts like a will.

A person makes this directive when he is mentally sound with no cognitive problems.

The Advance Medical Directive is simply a request to withhold life-sustaining treatment and let nature take its course, while euthanasia intentionally ends a life.

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