Euthanasia Essay : Euthanasia And Morality

1627 Words Nov 30th, 2014 7 Pages
Denise Maranhao
Professor Joseph Anderson
Ethics across the professions
November 29, 2014
Euthanasia
(Euthanasia and morality)

Could you pull the plug? Is mercy killing considered murder and should it be illegal under each and every circumstance? There are many questions and even more controversies when it comes to euthanasia and assisted suicide. There are those who believe euthanasia is immoral regardless of the situation, it is illegal and therefore always wrong. But most people have never been in a situation where they have to make that decision. What if a loved one is suffering from immense pain and has no hope of recovery? Or what if you are who needs the assistance? You have a few days until your life can no longer be sustained naturally while your body is losing function: you are just lingering in complete agony as you watch the sand pour from the hour glass that is your life. What would you think of euthanasia then? Consider first how you would react in situations like these before deciding if euthanasia should be legal or not.
Euthanasia is a Greek word that literally means “easy or happy death.” Also known as “mercy killing,” it is the intentional act of taking a person’s life as painlessly as possible. The person must be suffering from untreatable medical conditions in which health regain cannot be reasonably expected. Also, the assistance must occur deliberately. For example: in attempt to treat the patient, the wrong drug or treatment is used and an…
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