ASSISTED SUICIDE: TAMA NGA BA?

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ISANG Australian professor ang naging kontrobersi­yal kamakailan lang dahil sa kaniyang anunsiyo na sawa na siyang mabuhay sa edad na 104 at balak nang magpapatay sa mga doktor. “My life has been rather poor for the last year or so. And I’m very happy to end it,” sam­bit ng scientist. Hindi ito pinayagan ng Australian govern­ment at kinailangan niyang humanap ng grupong papanig sa kaniyang plano. Nagbiyahe siya sa Switzerland at doo’y pumanaw last May 10th, Thursday matapos siyang kumain ng fish & chips, kabitan ng suwero na kikitil sa paghinga habang nakikinig sa musikang 9th Symphony ni Beethov­en. Tama ba ito o hindi?

ANG BUHAY NI DAVID

Si David Goodall (4 April 1914 – 10 May 2018) ay isang botanist at ecologist. Malaki ang naiambag niya sa siyen­siya ng paghahalaman sa Aus­tralia. Nagtapos siya ng pag-aaral sa University of London at nag-research tungkol sa kamatis sa Research Station sa Kent East Malling.

Noong 2016, ang Cowan University ay nagdeklara na si David ay “unfit to con­tinue to work from an office on campus.” At that time, he was thought to be the old­est scientist still working in Australia. Ito ay kaniyang dinamdam bagama’t masaya ang kanilang pamilya kung saan mayroon siyang 3 sons, 1 daughter, 10 grandchildren, at 15 great grandchildren.

ANG KAMATAYAN NI DAVID

Si Goodall ay naniniwala sa voluntary euthanasia, dahil miyembro siya ng grupong Exit International forcare over 20 years. Pinagsisisihan niya ang lubhang pagtanda dahil sa pagbaba ng kaniyang qual­ity of life. He said his lack of mobility, doctor’s restrictions at Australian law prohibit­ing him from taking his own life ang kaniyang complaints, but he was not ill. Hindi pa malamang niya nakikita kung gaano kahirap ang buhay ng ilang matatanda rito sa atin pero pilit lumalaban sa buhay kahit walang makain.

Heto pa – sinagot ng grupong Exit Int’l ang pama­sahe niyang A$20,000 para makapunta sa Switzerland kung saan legal ang assisted suicide. He ended his life with a self-administered lethal in­jection of Nembutal. David has no belief in the after­life. Tsk…tsk… sa ganoong halaga, malamang ang mga pulubi rito ay nagpapiyesta na, may kasama pang banda.

Tayo man ay mababaw, anuman ang sitwasyon, pinahahalagahan natin ang buhay.

ANG BATAS SA PINAS

Ayon sa pumayapang doktor na si Dr. Tranqui­lino Elicaño Jr., “May panu­kalang batas ukol sa mercy killing o ang tinatawag na Euthanasia Bill pero nalalambungan pa rin ito ng ulap dahil sa maraming isyu – emotional, legal at pangre­lihiyong usapin.”

Ang euthanasia ay ang pamamaraan ng pagkitil sa isang taong may malub­hang karamdaman na hindi na maaari pang gumaling o ‘yung mga tinatawag na “gu­lay” na.

Isasagawa lamang ang euthanasia kapag ang taong may mabigat na sakit ay hiniling sa doktor, ganoon din sa kanyang mga kamag-anak, na kitilin na ang kan­yang buhay.

Isa sa mga paraan ng pag­sasagawa ng euthanasia ay ang pag-aalis sa support o ang pag-aalis ng medical treat­ment. Hahayaan ang pasyente na mamatay naturally at ito ay legal sa batas. Mahirap ang isyung ito kaya naman dapat magkaroon ng ugnayan ang Philippine Medical Associa­tion, Department of Health at Department of Justice, kasa­ma ang mga mambabatas para ma-dissect at maplantsa ang isyu sa euthanasia.

MGA GRUPONG KONTRA EUTHANASIA

  • British Medical Associa­tion
  • Christian Medical Fel­lowship
  • Family First New Zea­land
  • International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Patients’ Rights Action Fund
  • Royal College of Physi­cians
  • The Russian Orthodox Church Canons
  • The United States Con­ference of Catholic Bishops
  • Voice for Life
  • The World Medical As­sociation

MGA GRUPONG PRO-EUTHANASIA

Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Colombia, and Switzerland allow with physician-assisted suicide (PAS) or doctors to physically assist in the death of patients. In the United States, seven states allow medical aid in dying. Pain is mostly not reported as the pri­mary motivation.

The 3 most frequently rea­sons to take advantage of the Death With Dignity Act in 2015 were: decreasing ability to enjoy life (96.2%), loss of autonomy (92.4%), and loss of dignity (78.4%). Suportado ito ng grupong Compassion and Choices, Death with Dig­nity National Center, (both from USA), Dignitas (Swit­zerland), Dignity in Dying (UK), Exit (Scotland), Exit International, Final Exit Net­work, World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

ANG HIPPOCRATIC OATH

Ipinapaalala natin na ang physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is contrary to the Hip­pocratic Oath of 400 BCE, which is the oath historically taken by physicians.

It states, “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” It prohibits physi­cian-assisted suicide because it is fundamentally incom­patible with the physician’s role as healer and because it would be difficult or impos­sible to control, and would pose serious risk to society.

The Declaration of Ge­neva is a revision of the Hippocratic Oath, drafted in 1948 by the World Medical Association in response to forced euthanasia, eugenics and other medical crimes.

It contains, “I will main­tain the utmost respect for human life.” The Internation­al Code of Medical Ethics, revised in 2006, includes, “A physician shall always bear in mind the obligation to respect human life” in the section Duties of physicians to patients.

*Quotes

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.”

– Matthew 5:21

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