Euthanasia Should Be Legalized Out Of Compassion For Those Slowly And Painfully Dying

1616 WordsDec 22, 20147 Pages
Death is profoundly personal and utterly unavoidable. However, modern medicine is now quite advanced and can delay our biological expiration for extensive periods of time. Which is obviously desirable for the many people lucky enough to be living a life without suffering, but should those spending their days in unbearable agony, both physical and mental, be forced to continue living? Euthanasia is a term derived from the Greek, “eu,” meaning good, and, “thanos,” meaning death. It is the act of mercifully putting to death painlessly. Euthanasia should be legalized out of compassion for those slowly and painfully dying. The following arguments show the benefits of Euthanasia. It will end the suffering of patients, it will give the patient the right to die, it will legally regulate euthanasia’s use, it will lower health care costs, and it will give the patient the ability to die with dignity. A main argument against Euthanasia is that palliative care exists to give terminal patients the highest quality of life possible. Proper palliative care is meant to render euthanasia unnecessary. It is said that palliative care is there to show patients that they are still worthy of living, and that life is still worth it. However, it is not hard to see that patients in palliative care still suffer greatly. Actually, in Oregon, where euthanasia is legal, eighty-six percent (86%) of patients who used the euthanasia act in 2013 were already in a palliative care program and found that it

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