• Roze Surlovska


The right to life, the desire to be happy and long-lived, the troubles along the
way and the feeling of helplessness, long illness and slow death. This is how the events in the
lives of the people who are most affected by this issue are arranged.
And as with any question, there are two different perspectives around the world that I have
explored in this paper.
Is a dignified death without suffering the right answer or the belief in the progress of
medicine that a solution will be found at any moment and life will not stop. Will the step to
legalize this act end the abuse that is closely linked to euthanasia, or will the fear of giving too
much power and untied hands to doctors bring more harm than good to the patient? The
influence of religion throughout history and today, the testimonies and theories that have
emerged in the past and are referred to by both sides in their views on the subject are some of
the answers I have encountered in the process.
Analyzing the arguments and answers of the two opposing views, the countries
worldwide decided for or against the legalization of euthanasia on the basis of which they (did
not) regulate the procedure within their national legislation.
Keywords: euthanasia, legalization, gentle death, dignified death, ethics