Euthanasia Persuasive Essay

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[1]Euthanasia, derived from Greek literally means good death. It is the act or practice of killing someone who is terminally ill or injured in order to prevent any more suffering. Some people could call it mercy killing. But is killing someone prematurely right? Why haven't more countries legalized euthanasia? Ask someone involved in caring of the terminally ill, they would simply argue that it is a slippery slope to assisted murder.

But why does this simple word cause great debates? In a documentary[2] called “Allow me to die” Peter Ketelsleger is a healthy young father of two. He suffers from cluster headaches which is a neurological disorder which causes recurrent, severe headaches on one side of the head. He describes them as “knives being stuck in his head”.His wife allows him to be euthanasia because she understand his pain and does not want to be selfish. Their kids, aged 8 and 10 year old boys understand as well. If two kids can understand the pain why cant mature grown-ups too? In some cases like this a right to die isn't necessary. People have the freedom of choices including the right have control over their own body and life as long as they don't violate or offend any other person's rights. Euthanasia not only helps the terminally ill patient to end their suffering quickly and humanely but it allows them to die with dignity which gives peace of mind to families and friends.

Legalizing euthanasia would not only allow terminally ill people to die with dignity but it would also help lifting the taboo[3] of suicide that society has. Is euthanasia a choice that we all should have? Some people could argue that we don't have a choice in life or death but imagine being Peter. Had he committed suicide his family would be crushed with the taboo of suicide and the malicious remarks from others wouldn't help otherwise. But by taking the euthanasia route to die peacefully and painlessly Peter made sure his family knew he died without suffering and without the constant nagging of society saying that those who end their lives are cowards. Society is wonderful yet surprisingly ignorant. Whilst euthanasia is slowly being accepted by the society suicide is still frowned upon in certain circles. People have

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