Essay about Active Euthanasia is Murder

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"Euthanasia is not about the right to die. It's about the right to kill."-International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force It seems impossible for me to claim I am anti-euthanasia or pro-euthanasia because there are two ways of participating in the process...active or passive. After researching the topic, I have concluded that I cannot support active euthanasia because it seems to follow the same principle as homicide...one person killing another. I do not believe it is anyone's right to decide when, or how, a person's life should end. On the other hand, I cannot say I am totally against suicide or passive euthanasia. Although I do not condone suicide, I respect a person's right to decide between his personal life and death. As far as …show more content…
The controversy surrounding euthanasia has been around for decades. Euthanasia was legalized in Germany more than 50 years ago, decriminalized in Holland about 20 years ago and in Canada, it has been the subject of repeated discussions, including Bills introduced to Parliament, Civil and Criminal Court cases, Law Reform Commission Reports, and Medical Association resolutions. According to the University of Alberta Developmental Disabilities Centre, "each of these discussions has concluded that the dangers of permitting the willful destruction of human life by another human being far outweighs any benefits gained by legalization (Sobsey)." Also, in November 1991, Washington State voted on a proposal to legalize "physician aid-in-dying" --to include both assisted suicide and euthanasia. The plan failed with 54 percent of the public voting against it. This statistic shows that a majority of people feel that euthanasia is morally wrong and do not feel comfortable condoning such activity ("When").

For years, advocates such as Kevorkian have directed the glory of euthanasia towards people who are living "uncomfortably" due to problems such as depression, mental instability, or terminal illnesses. These advocates argue that suffering patients
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