Euthanasia Should Be Legalized?

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Euthanasia Must Be Legalized The debates about euthanasia in the United States date all the way back to the 12th century. During this time, Christian values increased the public’s opinion against euthanasia. The church taught its followers that euthanasia not only injures individual people and their communities, but also violates God’s authority over life. This idea spread far and wide throughout the public until the 18th century when the renaissance and reformation writers attacked the church and its teachings. However, the public did not pay much attention to the writings and still opposed euthanasia. Then, in 1828, New York became the first state to outlaw assisted suicide as well as euthanasia. After that, many states followed suit and, 40 years later, most states had made assisted suicide a crime. Nevertheless, the fight to legalize euthanasia still went on and, in 1870, Samuel Williams proposed using morphine as a way to quicken the death of a terminally ill patient. His proposal accumulated widespread fame in medical journals and scientific meetings, but in 1885 the American Medical Association took a stance against Williams’ proposal and ended all discussions. Then, beginning in the 20th century, the public regained their interest in euthanasia. In 1905, a bill was created the legalize euthanasia in Ohio, however it was defeated. Then, in 1915, controversy struck when Dr. Haiselden was able to persuade the family of a badly deformed baby boy that it was better to

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