The Slippery Slope Of Euthanasia

1794 Words Jul 4th, 2015 8 Pages
In 2001, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, nicknamed Dr. Death, was convicted of second degree murder for administering a lethal drug to Thomas Youk, who was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. In 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, moved from California to Oregon to establish residency in order to commit euthanasia. On February 7, 2014, Belgium became the first country to allow euthanasia of children, with no age restrictions. How is this not morally and ethically wrong? How is this not murder? Why should doctors be allowed to play God? We see in this short paragraph the slippery slope of euthanasia, from second degree murder to legalized suicide to legalized euthanasia of children. Where will it stop?
Euthanasia is defined as deliberately putting to death someone who is suffering from an incurable disease. The word ‘euthanasia’ has Greek roots, meaning “good death”. Euthanasia, the deliberate hastening of a person 's death, was supported by Socrates and Plato in ancient Greece and Rome. The Hemlock Society, a national right-to-die organization, likely took its name from the practice of using hemlock “as a means of hastening death” (S. Biswas). Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives through euthanasia? Is it morally or ethically wrong to allow doctors to assist patients in killing themselves? What are the limits? Who sets the rules? Where has the value placed on human life gone? Euthanasia is morally and ethically wrong and…
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