Euthanasia Should Not Be Legal

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Euthanasia or commonly known as Physician-Assisted Suicide is defined as the painless killing of a patient who is suffering from an incurable and painful disease or is in an irreversible coma. It is an act that speeds up death. Some people consider euthanasia to be a mercy killing and others consider it to be murder. This practice is illegal in most countries. In the United States, however, six states have legalized physician-assisted suicide even though most states, 44 to be more specific, have considered euthanasia to be illegal. Physicians should not be allowed to assist patients with killing themselves. Euthanasia should not be legal to practice in any state because it can lead to situations we haven’t anticipated. There are several…show more content…
People who support the practice of euthanasia typically use two types of argument: ethical argument and pragmatic argument. The ethical argument says that people have the right to control their own body and life, that they should be allowed to choose how and when they want to die because they have freedom of choice. According to NHS choices, “The concept of ‘quality of life’ is an important aspect of this argument” (“Euthanasia and assisted suicide – Arguments”). This argument basically says that someone should only choose to keep living if they feel like their life is worth it; they don’t regard life as being something that is sacred and important. On the other hand, the pragmatic argument says that euthanasia, specifically passive euthanasia, is already being used and practiced, but no one will admit to it. With this argument, many people have said that DNACPR (Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), which is where someone doesn’t want to be given treatment if they stop breathing or their heart stops, is a type of passive euthanasia. Palliative sedation is also used as evidence for the pragmatic argument. Palliative sedation is used on people who are in enormous pain and have no helpful treatment. It is not used directly to end someone’s life, but the sedatives used do help with speeding up their death. The pragmatic argument argues that since euthanasia is already being used in forms like

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