Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

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“It has been estimated that of the 2 million Americans who die each year, 80% die in hospitals or nursing homes, and 70% of those die after a decision to forgo life-sustaining treatment has been made” (Pozgar, 2014). As terminally ill patients come to terms with an end-of-life diagnosis, one of their main concerns is dying with dignity and not left to suffer a long and drawn out death. Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, is a sensitive and very controversial subject. Several people believe, doctors should not participate in any action that ends a person’s life due to the Hippocratic Oath stating that doctors are obligated to save lives. Although, euthanasia is considered to be immoral and even murder, it should be legalized when a person’s quality of life, due to an incurable illness, is gradually going to deteriorate.

The United States of America is one of the leading countries in medical advancements. Unfortunately, despite having state-of-the-art technical equipment, some of the top hospitals, and medical laboratories in the world, millions of people are diagnosed with terminal illnesses every day. Hearing that an illness cannot be cured can be devastating and leave a person’s future uncertain. In most cases, these diagnoses come with unimaginable pain, suffering, and despair. To become dependent on others to do simple daily tasks such as eating, bathing, or going to the restroom can lead to hopelessness, helplessness and depression. As a result, to

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