Essay about Euthanasia as Mercy or Murder

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Euthanasia as Mercy or Murder

"In keeping with the root definition of 'euthanasia'- literally [meaning] 'good death'- [supporters] of euthanasia insist they are talking about helping terminally ill patients in insufferable pain die a dignified death- at the patient's request. But this bears no resemblance to the true picture of the actual practice of euthanasia in the
United States" (Lyons np). Passive euthanasia is death by nonintervention, meaning a health care worker can discontinue providing life-sustaining treatment to the patient, thus allowing him to die more quickly. "In all actuality, [passive] euthanasia often involves withholding food and water from a patient whose death is caused by starvation or dehydration
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The most active group of supporters are members of the Hemlock Society.
These supporters are Christians and churchgoers and believe that the God they worship is a God of understanding and love. They also believe that "as long as [the act of 'mercy killing'] was justifiable and met the conditions of not hurting other people then they feel that God would accept them into heaven" (Humphry 19). Sure, in the eyes of euthanasia supporters, even those who claim to be
Christians, 'mercy killing' is a noble and compassionate act, but what is the 5th commandment? You shall not kill. Those four words alone seem to eliminate all possible suggestions in favor of euthanasia. Derek Humphry, founder of the
Hemlock Society, "... helped his wife, who was suffering from incurable bone cancer, to take her life by supplying her with a cup of coffee laced with a lethal mixture of secobarbital and codeine" (Worsnop 156). "Our society, basing its views primarily on the fundamental values of Judaism and Christianity, has always forbidden the taking of innocent life and has considered that act one of the most serious, if not the most serious, breaches of morality possible" (Bleich 41).
Judeo-Christians believe that a person has no inherent right to commit suicide and that the life of man can be reclaimed only by God Himself. They feel that suffering is a part of God's life plan and that human's should accept it and learn from it.
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