Should Euthanasia Be Legal?

1635 WordsMay 11, 20167 Pages
One of the highly valued principles of American democracy has always been the idea that individuals are, and of right ought to be, entitled to make for themselves those decisions that most affect them. While it is true that we have no control over our births, at least we ought to have control over our deaths. We claim to be free people but someone else’s morals and standards could possibly govern the way we die. Medicine today makes it possible for patients who are living with unbearable pain to choose to die peacefully and with dignity. Physician-assisted suicide or active, voluntary euthanasia for an adult who is in a rational state of mind and whose suffering happens to be unbearable despite the strongest medical efforts, is an idea that should to be put into action. Euthanasia ought to be put into action to save a patient from experiencing needless pain and suffering; patients should be provided with the alternative of a peaceful and painless way out. Euthanasia is the intentional killing of a dependent human being by act or omission for his or her alleged benefit. If death is not intended, it is not an act of euthanasia. As you would imagine, there are many different aspects and ways to go about the intentional killing of a human being. Voluntary euthanasia is described as when the person who is killed has requested to be killed. Non-voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent. An example of non-voluntary euthanasia

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