Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia

1811 Words Nov 16th, 2015 8 Pages
Among the countless topics of debate comes the question of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. Debates and courts have raged on with this impending question. Naturally, those for it stand on the question, “is it not right to offer someone a peaceful death?” No one wishes to pass away painfully and no one wants a love one to die horrifically either, therefore it is easy to agree on mercy. Even so, it does not change the fact that euthanasia and assisted suicide, whether done by good efforts or not, is wrong. Just because we have the tools and capabilities of ending a life does that mean we should? Who are we to control life and death? First, we need to have a proper understanding of what Euthanasia and Physician Assisted-Suicide (PAS) is. According to Merriam-Webster.com, euthanasia is “the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering” (“Euthanasia Definition”). Euthanasia is also referred to as “mercy killing”. Merriam-Webster defines PAS as “suicide that is done with the help of a doctor” (“Physician Assisted-Suicide Definition”). At first glance these definitions may seem very similar but there is a distinct difference. Rita Marker and Kathi Hamlon easily separate the two conclusions in these sentences, “…if a third party performs the last act that intentionally causes a patient’s death, euthanasia has occurred. For example, giving a patient a lethal injection or putting a plastic bag over her head to…
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