Opinion Letters

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Euthanasia is no solution to suffering

In Ian O'Doherty's impassioned piece on euthanasia (Irish Independent, September 3) he touches on a number of crucial issues regarding death and dignity.

The crux of his argument seems to be that there should be a human right to euthanasia in order to alleviate human suffering in certain end-of-life circumstances.

Thankfully, there isn't such a human right; in fact, the contrary is the case. The right to life contained within article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was enshrined partly as a response to the existence of euthanasia within German society at the time.

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