News & Society :: The Peterson Group Stand on Euthanasia

Benjamin Harris was a maverick in the early days of journalism. He was not alone but he definitely stood out from the crowd.

Its as if he was asking me to end grandmas life as well. My grandmother passed away naturally a week later but the thought of keeping her from living a week more still shivers me inside."

. She stated, "I was in Jakarta, Indonesia at that time. Euthanasia is taking a persons life even when it is not yet their time."

On arguments of heeding the patients request to end its suffering, he added, "for doctors, instead of aiding them with their health, giving them hope that they can still make it, they consent on their loss of faith and hope. Euthanasia has been one of the topics interrelated with death penalty.

Many reviews show the method used by euthanasia is similar to that of lethal injection. Will it make a difference?

The Peterson Group has expressed its remorse for legalization of both practices.

In an interview with John Dole, spokesperson of the organization, he stated, "Killing is killing, no matter what form or name it uses. When the doctor asked me if I want to end all her suffering and it was all up to me if I want to end her medication, I stepped back and really cried. I almost did it though, seeing her suffer. But the conscience is too much.

Slogans and statements like "the right to die", or "choosing not to suffer", "death with dignity" and "doctor-assisted suicide" are some of the phrases this generation has invented to clear conscience and lessen the guilt. Because of this, TPG has received a lot of feedbacks through email on judgment opinion.

One of the members of The Peterson Group who want to remain anonymous tells how she was asked by the attending physician if she wants to prolong the life of her dying grandmother. There are people who just need a little push and a little inspiration to make it".

The Peterson Group also pointed out that in the Hippocratic Oath which all medical practitioners have vowed to honor and live with for the rest of their lives and which reads, "I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect", is slowly being discarded in favor of killing people. The Peterson Group, a non-profit organization campaigning against death penalty, has outspokenly expressed its opinion in contradiction of the practice of execution as part of government law and capital punishment. There are even some people who stand for Euthanasia but are completely resolute against death penalty. Pro death penalty and supporters of Euthanasia reason out that the two are different considering that euthanasia, in most cases, has the consent of the family, the doctor and/or the patient himself. On the other hand, lethal injection is considered as one of the methods of death penalty for offenders of the law