Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

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Agree or disagree with the following statement: euthanasia should be legalized.

There exist numerous topics that are controversial within the criminal justice system. Euthanasia, the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relive pain and suffering, is one that has been around for a long time. Many people believe that it should continue being illegal due to certain moral values. However, some people argue that euthanasia should be decriminalized because people should have the right to die when they want to. Euthanasia has been practiced since an early time. Ancient Greeks and Romans supported it because they didn’t value much of human life. Their pagan physicians performed voluntary and involuntary mercy killings before the birth of Christianity. However, the Hippocratic Oath stopped doctors from giving any drugs that would harm anyone even if they asks for it and this continued as Cristian views spread from the twelfth to fifteenth century. As time passes the views of the public keeps changing back and forth during this subject. This applies for legal aspects as well. For instance, in 1977, eight states which included California, New Mexico, Arkansas, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, North Carolina and Texas had the right-to-die bills. On June 25, 1990, Supreme Court ruled that a person has the right to refuse lifesaving medical service. This was during the Cruzan Case in which Nancy Cruzan was permanently unconscious due to a car accident in 1983 and her parents…

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