Research Paper on Euthanasia

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Research Paper on Euthanasia

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction…………………………………………………………..1

Eight Arguments to Consider…………………………………………2

The Right to Die………………………………………………………2

Patient Suffering……………………………………………………....3

Slippery Slope to Legalized Murder…………………………………..4

Hippocratic Oath and Prohibition of Killing………………………….5

Government Involvement……………………………………………..5

Palliative Care………………………………………………………...6

Healthcare Spending Implications…………………………………….7

Value of Life…………………………………………………………..7

Conclusion…………………………………………………………….8

Works Cited…………………………………………………………..9

EUTHANASIA - The Right to Choose or a Slippery Slope
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A state's categorical ban on physician assistance to suicide -- as applied to competent, terminally ill patients who wish to avoid unendurable pain and hasten inevitable death -- substantially interferes with this protected liberty interest and cannot be sustained." - ACLU [3] On the other hand is someone who is in the situation of confronting a terminal illness or who has been in unbearable pain for a protracted period of time able to make such a decision. Everyone has been in pain in their life and thought about what it would be like to face a life threatening illness, but they are thinking about it when they are not in that situation. With this calm state of mind one could more rationally make a life and death decision, but once in those circumstances would anyone be clear enough to decide to end their life?
Patient Suffering Pro Euthanasia advocates believe that nobody should have to suffer long, painful, and hopeless circumstances if they don’t want to. Why should the state be allowed to keep someone alive who is in pain and has no hope of recovery? People in a persistent vegetative state, and people who have a terminal illness all deal with a life of intense pain, decreased quality of life, a sense of hopelessness. If they can choose to die and there is no hope of a meaningful recovery why should they not be allowed to end that suffering, why does a government have the right to stop them and

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