Euthanasia And The Death Of Euthanasia

1351 WordsApr 27, 20176 Pages
Life is a precious gift that should be treasured and enriched in every way possible. But when there is no hope for a meaningful and desirable life, and every effort made to prevent the unavoidable, we should make it legally possible for the dying who request euthanasia to be able to end their suffering. Euthanasia is considered a “gentle and easy death” because it comes from the Greek words, Eu meaning good and Thanatosis meaning death. Euthanasia is illegal in most of the United States. However, assisted suicide, is legal in six different states. The states that assisted suicide is legal in are California, Oregon, Colorado, Washington DC, Vermont and Washington. The key difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide is who administers…show more content…
They use other words to refer to what I am calling 'passive euthanasia ' for example, instead of 'passive euthanasia ' they may speak of 'death with dignity '. One reason for this choice of terms is the emotional impact of the words: it sounds so much better to defend 'death with dignity ' than to advocate 'euthanasia ' of any sort.” Just like anything, there are going to be people who think active and passive euthanasia should be legal and some think it should be illegal. There are several different arguments that are against euthanasia. First, it violates the medical ethics. The Hippocratic Oath expressly forbids the giving of deadly medicine to anyone who asks. If euthanasia were legal it would refer to the slippery slope, which is considered a downhill movement. The physicians would feel forced to assist people who ask for euthanasia. It also could lead to situations where it becomes normal to kill people. Second, people who are religious believe that god should be the one to decide the time and the place of a person’s death, not a doctor. Third, due to being ill, a patient could become depressed and may make the wrong decision to end their life. In this scenario if a patient is depressed they should have to go through some sort of counseling and given plenty of time to really comprehend the decision they are making, the doctors should be able to decide if the person is physically and mentally able to make
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