Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

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The practice of medicine stands through time as the early civilizations tried have comprehend how the natural body is able to heal itself and grow. Not only is it human nature to survive and prosper, it is also instinct to be frightened of death and suffering. Euthanasia has been a topic of debate ever since the Roman and Greek physicians have started to poison terminally ill patients with their consent. Today’s definition of euthanasia is “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy” (Webster-Merriam Dictionary), also known as physician-assisted suicide, mercy killing, or dignified death. While a few states have legalized this practice many still have laws against physician-assisted suicide. Those states have the alternatives of palliative care, hospice, pain management, or the option to not be treated or cared for at all. Bodily integrity and body autonomy, or the option to chose what one does with their own body, is a human right. Having physician-assisted suicide stay illegal does not only violate freedom of body autonomy but significantly increases suicide rates within those who are suffering from a terminal illness. Therefore, euthanasia should become a legal medical practice for those who want to have the freedom to do so to be able to progress as a society. Physicians are taught throughout medical school to save their patients’

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