Euthanasia, An Eloquent Word

1217 WordsJan 13, 20165 Pages
Euthanasia, an eloquent word with such a dark meaning. Some may have heard it, some may not. Euthanasia is defined as the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Like other terms borrowed from history, "euthanasia" has had different meanings depending on usage. The first apparent usage of the term "euthanasia" belongs to the historian Suetonius, who described how the Emperor Augustus, "dying quickly and without suffering in the arms of his wife, Livia, experienced the 'euthanasia ' he had wished for." The word "euthanasia" was first used in a medical context by Francis Bacon in the 17th century, to refer to an easy, painless, happy death, during which it was a "physician 's responsibility to…show more content…
Those who are against euthanasia may argue for the sanctity of life, while proponents of euthanasia rights emphasize alleviating suffering, and preserving bodily integrity, self-determination, and personal autonomy. Euthanasia should be legal because it is the patient’s right, and that is their decision, not ours. In Greece, the definition of euthanasia is “good death.” Studies show that 46% of physicians believe that in certain situations, voluntary euthanasia should be legal. Many will argue that euthanasia shortens the lives of people. Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, Colombia, India, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, and Netherlands. In these nations, euthanasia is used for terminally ill people. This means they are going to die anyways. This will prevent them from the pain and suffering associated with their illness. As disturbing as it may sound, physician-assisted suicide saves people money. End-Of-Life care can cost about $39,000. This large amount of money can put some families into debt. Is the money you spend on the care really worth the pain and suffering your loved ones will endure? Several terminally ill patients will tell you they’d rather be dead than going through this type of care. It can improve the quality of your life. Most people fear the thought of death. Death can come at anytime, sometimes for unknown reasons. If I got to choose the way I wanted to die, it would be peaceful and surrounded by my family and friends. I
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