In Greek, the term Euthanasia translate into “good death”, as the practise is designed to prevent the sick and ill from pain and suffering.
At the moment, euthanasia is not a very common practise. Even if legal, it ranges from heavy sedation until death in France to Switzerland where a diagnosis is not required in order to receive the lethal medication.
The main argument against euthanasia is fuelled by religion. This is why the recent vote in the Spanish parliament to legalise euthanasia might come as a surprise to some. In fact, the Catholic Church heavily opposed the bill claiming it will encourage individuals to end their lives prematurely.
The Spanish bill will provide terminally ill patients with the option to end their life with the assistance of a health professional (euthanasia), or receive the necessary medication to do it in the comfort of their home (assisted suicide).