Danubius International Conferences, 15th International Conference on European Integration - Realities and Perspectives

The Value of Human Life: Aspects on Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide

Ana Alina Ionescu Dumitrache, Nelu Gheorghita
Last modified: 2020-04-11


Respecting the right to life of each person and human dignity is found in most of the world's great religions and philosophies. The right to life is a fundamental human right, because it is a divine gift, which, by its importance, transcends the sphere of personal interest, having relevance for the whole society.

Euthanasia or the recognition of a right to death is a very sensitive subject, with many pros and cons and which requires a multi-pronged approach: religious, medical, social and legal.

That is why, in this article, we have shown how important is life to people and why Christian theology saw death as a natural thing, as part of life, that death is a moment and not a final step.

At the same time, we will also surprise relevant aspects regarding the right to die as regulated in the European legislation, considering the position of the Romanian legislator of absolute rejection of euthanasia practices, the new Criminal Code - Law no. 287/2009 providing for the crime of murder at the request of the victim, as an attenuated form of the murder, thus rewriting the regulation along the lines of the tradition existing in our law, the act being previously incriminated by art. 468 Criminal Code since 1936.