Currently if you or a family member wish to be euthanized you will be having to travel to a foreign country, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany or Ireland , to get the procedure done (Shekhawat). The issue, other than the expense and burden of trying to get your sick loved one to a foreign country in order to go through this process, is that you have to meet certain criteria in order to actually be eligible to be euthanized. Just for one example, in the Netherlands in order to be euthanized you have to be completely voluntary and have a well-considered request, you have to be unbearably suffering without any possibility of getting better, the patient needs to be informed of exactly what is going to happen, which can be hard if they are in a coma which is when a lot of these situations occur, there cannot be a better alternative to euthanasia, such as treatments that you aren’t sure are going to even work, you need to get an opinion from more than one doctor saying that euthanasia is the best option and to top it off the doctors that approve have to be from the country it is legal in, so more hospital bills (Tuffrey). So, after you go through the whole ordeal of getting your loved one to the place they can actually undergo this process there is still a possibility of being denied. What do you do when your loved one gets denied? Do you try to take matters into your own hands? A woman in Australia is currently serving time for a murder charge for trying to help her own mother after she was denied euthanasia. 92-Year-old Mary E. White was diagnosed with dementia in the nursing home she spent a lot of time in during the end of her life. At the early signs of her illness she was considering euthanasia but could not be granted it as it is illegal in Australia. Mary’s daughter, Barbara, knew of her mother’s pain from her illness and just wanted to help her end it by assisting her in her wish for death. After her mother was found dead, Barbara was found guilty and charged with murder even after family friends provided
Burns3 testimonies stating that Mary actually wanted to her daughter to aid her in doing this (Rojas).
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