Should Euthanasia Be Legal?

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“It is reported that 10,000 citizens of the Netherlands carry a ‘Do Not Euthanize Me’ card on them at all times in case they are in an accident and unconscious or are taken to a hospital unexpectedly” (Wpadmin). This shows that many people show aversion towards euthanasia and would not want themselves to be euthanized. Euthanasia occurs when someone is suffering from a painful or incurable disease and they prefer to die. It is done by taking them off of life support or not giving them essential supplies to live such as food, medications, oxygen, and more. There are countless debates of whether or not euthanasia should be legal, and whether or not it benefits people. Some countries allow it, while in others it is considered a punishable…show more content…
Hitler allowed people to euthanize themselves during World War 2. In 2013, 53% of Americans were against euthanasia (Euthanasia. Research in Context). Later, they started to see the benefits of it and some places began to legalize voluntary euthanasia. From early times to today, an extensive debate has taken place on the topic of euthanasia, and whether it should be legal. Euthanasia causes the patient’s families to suffer from depression and sadness. Depression is caused when people are gloomy and cry/worry frequently. People who suffer from depression are worried and find it hard to be joyful. When someone’s loved one commits euthanasia, then their family will be sad that they weren’t able to see him for his last days left of his life and that he died. This could cause them to suffer from depression. Also, the patient may have made a wrong decision. It is proved that, “The great majority of patients who desire death during a terminal illness are suffering from a treatable mental illness, most commonly a depressive condition” (The Impact of Euthanasia). The choice of euthanasia can be a mistake as stated in the quote, the majority of people who want to be euthanized have a mental illness which causes them to make a bad decision. The patient maybe suffering from a depressive condition and when someone has depression they mainly just want life to end. They don’t want to enjoy it so this would cause them to want to be euthanized. Euthanasia should not be

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