Euthanasia Essay - The Legalization Of Euthanasia

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Legalization of Euthanasia [Speech Transcript] [Introduction] What is euthanasia? Euthanasia (derived from the Greek word euthanatos: eu- for "good"; thanatos for "death") is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve intractable suffering. Intractable: adj. describes high complexity, which makes it difficult to change, manipulate, or resolve an issue. In this context, intractable suffering refers to terminal illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, or Ebola. Types of euthanasia There are two procedural classifications of euthanasia: 1. Passive euthanasia: the withdrawing of life-preserving sustenance including food and water 2. Active euthanasia: Intentionally terminating one 's life through lethal substances or force Legislation on euthanasia In Canada, the legislation sanctions the former, but prohibits the latter, deeming it an act of murder. According to the federal government, the reason due to this is to prevent people from "assisting in suicide of those that are not mentally capable of making the decision and because of the “value that society [places] on human life” not it 's intrinsic value, which in the eyes of the law makers, might easily be eroded if assistance in committing suicide were to be decriminalized. Despite significant evidence to the contrary, this position has not changed. Why should euthanasia be legalized? 1. Right to die: Many anti-euthanasia proponents argue that euthanasia infringes upon a person 's right
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