Essay about Legalizing Euthanasia

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Legalizing Euthanasia

"Whose life is it, anyway?" A Plea stated by the late Sue Rodrigues. Rogrigues, a high-profile, terminally-ill resident of British Columbia, Canada, suffered from a terminally ill disease (Robinson, 2001). She was helped to commit suicide by a physician in violation of Canadian law. Many people, like Rodrigues, want to be in control of their final days. Terminally ill patients have a terminal disease and do not want to diminish their assets by incurring large medical costs as their death approaches (Robinson, 2001). As an act of generosity, they would rather die sooner, and pass on their assets to their beneficiaries. A serious disorder or disease has adversely affected their quality of life to the point
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By performing euthanasia through assisted suicide, the patient, or guardian in some cases, have complete knowledge of what is about to take place. There is no reason why a severely ill patient who is at the end of their life should have to endure such pain and suffering. Melvin Urofsky, author of “Lethal Judgments: Assisted Suicide and American Law”, describes in his essay that there are four types of pain that terminally ill patients could have to endure: Physical pain which irritates nerve endings in the body; psychological pain which relates to fear, anxiety, and depression caused by having cancer; social pain which results form the isolation from family and friends that the patient feels when his attention is always riveted; and spiritual pain which occurs when life has lost its meaning. Once the ill patient progresses to spiritual pain, that patient should be able to make his own decisions about his life or death (Robinson 2001).

Medical advances have made a large effect on euthanasia. For example, In an Essay by Bob Lane entitled “Euthanasia”; he testifies that medical advances and technology have made it possible for us to cure terminal illnesses like pneumonia or cancer by simple administering antibiotics. Before these medical and technological advances, the patient would have died naturally by pneumonia (Lane, 2001). Medical problems like kidney failure and cardiac arrest are “cake” for doctors to take care of and no one ends up
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