The Pros And Cons Of Euthanasia

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Another reason behind anti-euthanasia supporters reasoning is the belief that it gives the doctor too much influence and power over patients. Opponents believe that euthanasia goes against the Hippocratic Oath and the four principles of medical ethics. The Hippocratic Oath states that is a popular medical statement written in the fifteenth century by Hippocrates, a Greek physician. The Hippocratic Oath states that deadly medicine should never be given to someone even if they ask (Cockeram 10). The four principles of medical ethics guarantee that all doctors must avoid harming their patients, are rational in their judgement, aim to do good, and treat all patients with fairness. Opposers argue that going against the principles of medical ethics and the …show more content…
Similarly, the same group believes that legalizing euthanasia could lead to abuse and murder. On the contrary, supporters of euthanasia disagree that legalizing assisted suicide in all states would lead to doctors murdering and abusing patients because of the strict guidelines. Several safeguards and precautions are taken when it comes to the practice of euthanasia (Cockeram 7). Mental capability tests are ran to prove that the patient is mentally stable and capable of making the decision themselves (Coster 24). After the tests are inspected by medical professionals to determine the patient rational, the next safe guard is put into action. All patients considering euthanasia must make at least two spoken and one written request stating their wishes. At the time of the spoken requests, two non-family witnesses must be present to ensure no fake wills are created (Coster 25). Another precaution taken is putting age guidelines in place. A patient who is twelve years of age can request euthanasia, but parental consent must be granted. To request euthanasia without parental permission the patient must be at least eighteen years