Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

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Research Outcome SACE NO. 931039E Word Count: 1,986 Should euthanasia be legalised? Introduction Euthanasia is “the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). The concept of euthanasia has led to a prolonged argument as to whether it should or should not be legalised. This essay explores some of the competing arguments before concluding that euthanasia should remain illegal. The first key finding found was for euthanasia as it ends suffering forever. The second was against euthanasia as it challenges the Hippocratic oath. The third was also against euthanasia due to there being no proper regulations for it. Finally, the fourth was again against euthanasia as there are two better alternatives, in which preserve life instead of ending it, being palliative and hospice care. Active and Passive euthanasia There is a fine line between active euthanasia (which is what is legal in these two countries) and another type of euthanasia, passive. Active euthanasia is a deliberate act to cause death whereas Passive euthanasia merely lets the patient die, through either withholding or withdrawing treatments (BBC, 2014). In simple terms, active euthanasia is having a quick and painless death compared to having a long and painful death (passive). In most countries passive euthanasia is used even though it is illegal. Through legalising active euthanasia, it allows a patient to have a painless

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