Euthanasia Euthanasia (also called mercy killing) is the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition. (“Euthanasia”) To this day euthanasia remains a widely debated ethical problem. As any ethical topic, euthanasia brings up highly controversial questions about life and death, and if we as humans have the right to decide who lives and who dies, or if such decisions should be left up to God. Bible states: "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up"(King James' Version, Ecclesiastes 3:1-3) I believe that euthanasia should not be legalized because it goes against God's will and it could put to much power in the hands of doctors and patient's relatives. Many people believe that every person has the right to choose to live or to die with dignity because every person has his own values. For a lot of people death is not the end but the beginning. The researchers at Harris Interactive found that 70 percent of American adults believe that terminally ill patients who experience persistent pain and have no chance of recovery should have the right to choose between life and euthanasia. Most of the interviewed adults that supported euthanasia were 65 or older. Out of all interviewed adults 58 percent supported the idea that physician-assisted euthanasia, when requested by the patient himself, should be authorized by law (Harris Interactive). And only 20 percent disagreed with it and 22 percent were undecided. The survey of 10,000 U.S. doctors, which was published in November 2010, revealed that 45.8 percent of them believe that physician-assisted euthanasia should be allowed in some cases (Kane). 13.5 percent believe that the choice depends on specific circumstances and 40.7 percent were completely against physician-assisted euthanasia (Kane). From the article “Terminally Ill Cancer Patients Favor Legalization of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide” one can see the results of the survey taken among the terminally ill patients raising the question whether the euthanasia should be legalized or not. It was found that 73 percent believed euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide should be legalized - their major reasons included pain and the right to choose (“Terminally Ill Cancer Patients”) .An appeal, which included the names of a number of prominent physicians, scientists, artists from the U.S. and the UK, with more than 2.5 thousand signatures was sent to UN in 1952. The appeal referred to the need to amend the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, to include the right of terminally ill patients to choose an easy death. The appeal was rejected as inhumane (John-Stevas 266). According to Thomas W Clark, an associate director of the Institute for Naturalistic Philosophy in Cambridge, it is not permissible to “Play God” in the human world. Clark states that the word euthanasia translates into Christian’s world as “Playing God”. Christians as many other religions stay against killing people not even permitting the fact that death can be more favorable than life with no quality (Clark). The religious aspects are very important to a large number of people. One of the main reasons why euthanasia should not be legalized is that it conflict with one of God’s commandments – "Thou shall not kill"(Old Testament, Exodus 20:13). This commandment has no exceptions and no comments. Additionally, it is brief and clear without any possibility for dual interpretation. As an opponent of euthanasia, the Church is primarily guided by the words of God and has a very strong opinion about legalization or use of euthanasia. As stated in the book “The End of Life: Ethical Considerations”,…
In the last stages of cancer, where the pain may become excruciating, doctors may give the patient a choice for euthanasia. Euthanasia, also known as “mercy killing, is the act of killing someone painlessly, especially to relieve suffering from an incurable disease.”
A physician well known for his use of mercy killing was Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He was convicted of homicide and sentenced to 8 years in prison when he failed to notify other physicians of his use of euthanasia on a patient…
Misleading as it might be, there is only one true definition for it. For that would be a painless killing to relieve suffering: the act or practice of killing somebody who has an incurable illness or injury, or of assisting that person to die. So in other words it is a down version it would be an easy or happy death from the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition meaning disease, as by lethal injection or the withholding…
killing is not justifiable, while others argue against this…….
* In earth every human being has the inherent right to live.
The right to live is the most significant and basic need of all human.”.The word euthanasia (mercy killing) means
"good death." it originate from greek words "eu" and "thanatos . . We fight the forces of nature to stay youthful, healthy, and, to the greatest degree possible, immortal. Our crusaders, the physicians, arm themselves with shiny modern machinery and powerful…
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Elizabeth S. Davis
National American University
The purpose of this paper is to define euthanasia as well as give a brief history of the debate throughout the years. Then the author will show the reader that there is no reason as to why euthanasia has not been legalized. This paper will walk you through many aspects and issues of the debate and try to disprove those who wish to see the debate buried.
Euthanasia is the act…
Argument Research Paper – Active and Passive Euthanasia
by Yessica Herrera
Euthanasia is the act of killing or permitting the death of sick or injured individuals with the intention of relieving their suffering. People use different terms to describe euthanasia, including “mercy killing,” “assisted suicide,” and “physician-assisted suicide.”
There are two forms of euthanasia; passive and active. Passive is when an ill person asks for the withdrawal of a medicine that they need in order…
Argumentative Essay for Euthanasia
College prep English
October 30, 2013
Is it honestly a crime for one to die, or maybe even want to die? Even if this self-righteous death is achieved in a fashion in which most Americans today may not agree with, is it really up to the people around us to control how someone else should die? I strongly urge this country and its citizens to consider the possibilities of a quicker, less painful death for those who are…
Is Euthanasia The Only Way Out?
There are no guarantees in life except for one, death. Death is a natural and inevitable phase of the lifecycle. Unfortunately, today there are numerous people who are deadly sick and being kept alive by different medical techniques. Sadly, most of the deadly ill suffer throughout this time and they think that the only way to end their suffering is through euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as the action of a deliberately ending someone’s life under the impulse…
those patients tire from living though constant agony, death is a way to regain control. They seek out the help of a medical professional to assist with a pain free death. Many people question the law’s involvement in such personal decisions. The opposition of physician assisted suicide has created legislation which prevents patients from regaining control and ultimately forces them to suffer. People place caveats on the act of elective euthanasia, but why should those opinions matter? Although legislation…
6 November 2014
Death With Dignity
After months of suffering from debilitating headaches, twenty-nine year old Brittany
Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer. She underwent a partial craniotomy and a partial
resection of her temporal lobe. Both surgeries were an effort to stop the growth of her tumor. A
few months later Brittany learned that not only had the tumor come back, but it was more
aggressive. Doctors gave her a prognosis of six months to live…