Essay on Not Permiting Euthanasia the Mercy Killing

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Euthanasia is an issue that has been in the center of many heated debates for several years. It is prohibited in all fifty states of the United States under homicide laws and in England with a fourteen year imprisonment, but it is legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands (“Euthanasia and Physician”). Euthanasia comes from the ancient Greek word euthanatos, which means easy death. Today, the definition of euthanasia is the direct killing of a person with a disabi¬lity or terminal illness to relieve them of their sufferings. Very often people will call euthanasia mercy killing mainly because the method is to put a person out of their pain (“Euthanasia”). Euthanasia can be done by either taking actions or not providing what is …show more content…

No humans should have the authority to take the life of themselves or anyone else, even if it is desired by relatives, friends, medical employees, or themselves. Doing so interrupts the arrangement God has established for us on Earth as humans (“Euthanasia and Physician”).
The practice of euthanasia can lead to abuse. Euthanasia sends out the message it is better for a person to be dead rather than sick or disabled. Not only does that devalue a person’s status as a human but puts them at risk. Because euthanasia is mercy killing, or the deliberate ending of a person who has a condition that cannot be healed, someone can kill a person who does not want to die and use euthanasia as a cover for their crime. Simply saying, euthanasia can be abused and used as murder (“Euthanasia and Physician”).
Although, one of the many opposing arguments medics use is that medical resources are scarce, and letting people who want to die undergo euthanasia would free those resources to treat people who want to live. The world needs to remember that every human life is valuable and is more valuable than mere medical resources. Agreed, medical resources are essential and limited but implying that it is a waste to use them on a person who wants to die is similar to saying that that person does not deserve to live because they are not as important compared to medications or another person’s life. As soon as a

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