Euthanasia Position Paper - Against Euthanasia

2246 Words Dec 1st, 2002 9 Pages
Assisted Suicide, mercy killing, euthanasia; whatever you call it or however we justified it is killing by all means. Euthanasia is a practice of ending a life to release an individual from an incurable disease or intolerable suffering. It is an action which brings intentional death to a patient. In the case of the elderly cancer patient, the family and the patient does not know whether or not to commit euthanasia. The author response in this case, is that the elderly cancer patient should not go for euthanasia, since she has a biographical life. He came to the right conclusion, even though he did not have a valid argument. The author should have advised the patient not to commit euthanasia by using the three main arguments against …show more content…
This means if one lost his or her biographical life, they have the right to commit euthanasia. I disagree with the author on that people might have the right to euthanasia. The three most common arguments against euthanasia are the Bible from a Christian prospective, the effective pain management, and the fear of abuse if euthanasia were legalized.

One of the biggest arguments against euthanasia is the religious argument, which was not mentioned by the author. Most religious groups especially Christianity goes against euthanasia. The practice of euthanasia is wrong because it violates the principle that life is given by God. God doesn't approve of "hands that shed innocent blood". Life comes from God. It is God's decision to give life and to take it away. In the Bible, "shedding innocent blood" is called murder. The death of King Sol is an example of euthanasia. Saul did not want the philistines to find him alive. He knew they would torture him. He asked his solider to kill him. When the solider refused, Sol fell on his own sword and died. Sol committed suicide, but he did it to avoid suffering. He murdered himself and therefore was guilty of sin. Not all suffering is bad. Even though one may not always understand why he/she suffers, some good can come from it.

The apostle Paul understood this. He had a "thorn in the flesh" he asked God to remove, but he realized afterward that it was for his good.
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