As new technologies and research have enabled physicians to delay the lives of terminally ill patients, the controversy surrounding the debate over euthanasia continues to grow. Euthanasia is the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition. It is performed with a lethal injection or the delay of any needed medical treatment. Because of the morals I uphold, I strongly disagree with physician assisted suicide (PAS) or euthanasia. What is a physician’s duty to a patient? To engage in killing patients destroys the essence of what it means to be a physician. The Hippocratic Oath forbids the use of deadly drugs or the idea of their use. The International Code of Medical Ethics says that the “physician shall always bear in mind the obligation of preserving human life”. The statement proves that it is wrong for physicians to kill or assist in the suicide of patients. We can do much to relieve the pain and suffering of a patient, but we should never go as far as killing the patient. It is not a human responsibility to determine when it is “right” to intentionally end someone’s life. In 1993, Robert Latimer was convicted of second degree murder in the death of his severely disabled daughter, Tracy. At the time Tracy had Cerebral Palsy and Latimer called it an act of mercy to end her life. Latimer did confess to the murder and said that he could not bare to see his daughter suffer any longer. Tracy was a 40-pound quadriplegic, twelve year old who functioned at the level of a three month old child. She had undergone repeated medical operations and at the time of her murder she was due for more surgery- this time to remove a thigh bone. Tracy was unable to walk, talk or feed herself. She was in constant, excruciating pain however she could not be treated with any painkiller stronger than Tylenol. So Robert Latimer placed her in the cab of his Chevy pickup, ran a hose from the exhaust to the cab, climbed into the box of the truck and watched his own daughter die. Robert served 20 years in prison and now seventeen years later, has been granted full parole. When I discuss this case it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach. Tracy’s own father killing her because he thought she was better off that way was just not fair or moral in my opinion. Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life. People who support euthanasia often say that it is already considered permissible to take human life under some circumstances such as self defense. But, they miss the point that when one kills for self defense they are saving innocent lives, either their own or someone else's. With euthanasia no one's life is being saved, life is only taken. Is it right to kill someone for no reason? No. Therefore the allowance of assisted suicide should be outlawed for this exact reason.
History has helped to teach us the dangers of euthanasia. This is why it is only legal in two countries in the world. Almost all societies, even non-religious ones,
Issue: Should there be a legal requirement for citizens of the U.S to vote in elections?
Position: U.S citizens should not be legally required to vote in elections.
Premise 1: Requiring U.S citizens to vote presents an inconvenience for the elderly, the young, and the poor.
Premise 2: Requiring U.S citizens to vote would not be in the best interest of our country.
Premise 3: Requiring U.S citizens to vote would contradict one of the three basic rights stated in the U.S Declaration of Independence—liberty…
April 15, 2014
Uranium mining on Mount Taylor?
There should be no mining done on Mount Taylor because of health issues, environmental problems, and tribal problems. Today many people have been affected by uranium mining, from health problems to environmental problems. All these things have a big impact on the environment and its people.
Uranium mining has been proven to cause a range of health problems to the people surrounding the area of the uranium mining…
The Legal Drinking Age in America: No Change Necessary
Governors State University
The Legal Drinking Age in America: No Change Necessary
The debate of whether or not the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is appropriate in the United States is a constant battle. There are many beliefs that when a person turns 18 they should be able to legally consume and purchase alcohol since they are officially considered an adult. While someone may be considered an adult legally, that does not attest…
Becoming an Adult
When becoming an adult everything changes. The transition from being a child to an adult can be a very hard and emotional experience. You have control of your own life and not being told what you “need or should be doing” by parents or teachers. But you still have to follow the rules of society and all of the responsibilities that come along with being an adult.
Before a person becomes an adult they need to have the ability to think forward. This should…
Globalization Argumentative Paper
June 22, 2013
University of Phoenix
Globalization is a way to move services and goods across the world. Some people will argue that globalization brings great benefits, while other people will argue that globalization is basically defective. People have theories about globalization and what affects it brings on third-world countries. Many people believe that globalization helps countries become wealthier; while…
Research Topic: Why same sex marriage should be legalized.
Is it okay for your favorite color to be blue? Is there a law that says it isn't okay, or a law that says it is okay? If it's okay for your favorite color to be blue or tickle me pink or yellow then why isn't it okay for two people of the same sex to marry. Why is that any different from a man wanting to marry a woman? I can't seem to understand why a decision that should be left up to only two people is being left in the hands…
Mr. Jackson 1A
September 2, 2014
Battle of Gods
The Earth's fate is decided upon a battle between a god of destruction
and a saiyan from another planet. The saiyans mission was supposed to
destroy the earth but does the exact opposite and protects the earth from
evil who threatens it.
one of the great things In this Movie is the voice acting. They use the
same voice actors from the Dragonball Z Series and they sound great after
doing it for 20 years, they add great emotions in to the…
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October 9, 2011
Rooting out toxic leaders
By Michelle Tan
Soldiers will now be asked — and expected — to rate their bosses.
Effective Oct. 1, officers will be required to assert that they have completed a 360-degree evaluation
— where the officer is graded by his subordinates, peers, subordinates and superiors — within the…
Honors English V
18 November 2012
Animal Testing for Medical Research
Particular topics in the world create havoc for both listeners and speakers due to the numerous opinions that humans keep. Animal testing has been raised to such a largely debated topic throughout the world since “some of this scientific research is to learn about and improve the welfare of animals, but many animal experiments are conducted for human benefits,” (Animal Experimentation). Although…
December 18, 2009
Synthetic Turf at Walsh Jesuit
It was the final drive Friday night. A minute left in the fourth, I was on the field playing in front of hundreds of fans. The ground was sodden and muddy, the rain just continued to fall. For every step I took, my feet sank deeper into the mud. I couldn’t hold my blocks, let alone hold my ground. My teammates were under the same circumstances. The running back couldn’t make his cuts; the receivers couldn’t get around the corners…