Voluntary Active Euthanasia Essay

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What is morally permissible? Voluntary Active Euthanasia is a controversial subject, Does one have the right to end their own life? According to Peter Singer in “Voluntary Euthanasia: A utilitarian Perspective,” Voluntary Active Euthanasia is morally permissible under certain circumstances. If and only if certain requirements are met by certain parties can the process of voluntary active euthanasia be completed. Certain situations where Voluntary Active Euthanasia is morally permissible include; mental illness and terminal illness. The first case would be a 50 year old woman who is severely depressed with no physical illness. This woman has suffered her whole life from depression, taken numerous treatments and has failed to find a …show more content…
Both of these punishments automatically give up ones freedom with one returning it and the other not. Who is to say that capital punishment and euthanasia both do not take away freedom, with one being voluntary and the other not. Current society believes that killing is bad. If we say that killing a human being is okay then what kind of message will we be sending? In another argument Singer states: …killing can lead to fear and insecurity in those who learn of the risk to their own lives, is transformed into a reason in favor of permitting killing, when people are killed only on their request. For then killing poses no threat.#
Killing someone without their consent is completely unlike killing someone with their consent. Walking down the street and believing that murdering someone is morally permissible when it is not, is incorrect. Voluntary Active Euthanasia is ending a life filled with pain and suffering. Living a life full of pain and suffer is not a life worth living. Legalizing euthanasia will not send out the message that killing will be okay, instead it is insisting that it is ones choice to do with their life as they please. The premises of Peter Singer’s paper is, “when killing is, and is not, wrong.” He is stating the circumstances under which

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