Persuasive Essay On Euthanasia

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Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing or assisted suicide, is the act of painlessly ending life in order to alleviate pain and suffering within a patient who has little to no hope of survival. In June 1997, the U.S. Supreme court unanimously ruled that there is neither a constitutional right nor a constitutional prohibition against euthanasia, thus the legality of euthanasia varies from state to state (Emanuel 142). As a whole, euthanasia is a very controversial topic in today’s society, and I feel as though various myths must be debunked and proven false before assumptions are made on the ethical and moral values a procedure such as this can have on those who are involved. Because euthanasia is such a severe procedure it is often associated with various pros and cons just as any type of medical procedure is, as all medical procedures have precautions; the overall goal of these procedures however, is to help alleviate pain and suffering in all patients who receive the necessary procedure. As for euthanasia, terminally ill patients are often killed and are unable to speak on behalf of themselves as to whether or not they wish to proceed with the procedure; because of this, however, euthanasia is often a very controversial procedure and is usually decided upon by the immediate family or medical faculty when applicable. Overall, I feel as though euthanasia is a procedure that has very high advantages that outweigh its disadvantages, and feel as though the procedure

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