Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

918 Words Feb 29th, 2016 4 Pages
In many countries, including the United States, active euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide, raises public controversy with issues concerning morality, ethics and legality. Regardless of whether or not a person is in favor of, or opposed to active euthanasia, all people would agree that they would want a dignified death for themselves and their loved ones. The problem then starts when people cannot agree to the definition of “dignity”. Opponents of active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide contend that doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. A sample of the Oath states,
Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God (Bioethics, 2015). Basically, to treat the ill and should not be involved in directly causing death. Opponents also argue that there may be a “slippery slope” from euthanasia to murder. Active euthanasia can become a problem when it comes to insurance companies, ultimately providing an incentive to target the poor and disabled in order to save money. Many opponents contend that every life is a gift from God and should be cherished and should never be deliberately destroyed. In regards to a “slippery slope”, Dr. Leo Alexander, explains…
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