The Ethicality of Euthanasia

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In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, medical technology has advanced enough to provide certain measures to keep the body "alive," but not necessarily the brain or the cognitive functions that make up quality of life. Despite the fact that death is a cyclical part of life, humans still have a very difficult time dealing with issues surrounding terminal illness: hospice, do not resuscitate, costs for survival, euthanasia, and conversations about end of life planning. The core of the philosophical and psychological debate seems to focus on two viewpoints. One believes that the individual has control over their body and the decisions surrounding their quality of life. This view has core beliefs that say: Biological functions are not the same as "living" quality of life implies much more than existence Suffering and lengthy pain are not moral. Making it easier for the patient to be comfortable when there is no hope for recover is kinder than heroic medical measures that may prolong pain and suffering. The individual has the moral right to choose what is best for them as an extension of the basis of natural rights. Healthcare cannot "fix" everything; life on a feeding or breathing tube is, for some, not life (Information for Research on Euthanasia, 2009). However, the other view takes a moral stance as well. This view believes that life is Divinely created, and humans have the responsibility to aid in the preservation of life at all costs: Human life is special,
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