Purpose of a Living Will and the Morality of Euthanasia

829 Words Jul 15th, 2018 4 Pages
A living will is a legally binding document people create in advance that dictates their final wishes in time of their last counting days. With the living will, ill patients express what they want to happen to them if they were to become too sick to refuse or consent to medical treatments. Euthanasia, also called assisted suicide, or physician-assisted suicide, offers one of many options for terminal-ill patients or those with intractable pain. Many infer euthanasia as the action that brings about the end of a patient’s life because it has been decided they would be better off dead. Since euthanasia involves killing another person, voluntarily or not, a virtuous person considers euthanasia acceptable.
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I remember a friend of my choir who had his wife pinned to a nursing home bed for over eight years. She was unable to recover from her illness and was totally paralyzed. Even though time was very critical, the husband never gets discourage. Every single day, he hopes that the day will be better than the last one. By respecting her right to live, he stood there, waiting for her recover or the time to say goodbye. This also inspires patience and courage to an ill patient not to give up hope in time of adversity.
Even though some people justify euthanasia as being a moral act, still, there are many behaviors that also count as immoral. If a doctor switches off the respirator, it causes the patient to die immediately. In active euthanasia, the doctor takes an action with the intention that the patient is better off dead. Let us consider a mother whose new baby is born with deformities. She is less likely to toss away the child like a dirty laundry just because the child was born with one eye. A mother always loves and nurtures her child and definitely learns how to accept that heartbreaking condition, even if it takes a whole life. To be pro-life, it is never acceptable to take away the life of another person, ill or not, with or without deformities.
James Rachels argues that active euthanasia is well preferred than passive euthanasia. To understand that assertion, we have to look closely at the definition of euthanasia where a
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