Active Euthanasia is Homocide

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Active euthanasia can be defined as the practice of injecting a patient with a lethal dose of medication with the primary objective of ending the patient’s life. According to Keown active euthanasia is “the intentional termination of a patient’s life by a doctor who thinks that death is a benefit to that patient. Euthanasia then is not simply a doctor doing something which he foresees will shorten the patient’s life, but doing something intending to shorten the patient’s life” (397). The medical professional (doctor) will inject the patient with a lethal dose of medication so that the patient can die slowly. In this case the immediate cause of death of a patient is not their disease but something done to the patient to cause his or her demise. My goal in this paper is to argue against active euthanasia since I see it follows the same principle as homicide.
Active euthanasia
Death is not a choice that lies on anyone’s decision. The doctor’s role is to safeguard the patient’s life and not to take it away. Health practitioners take an oath to safeguard life at all cost, this implies that a doctor should not kill at any given moment. When he decides to shorten the patient’s life this is going against the oath he or she took in the first place. Active euthanasia is intentionally ending another’s life slowly. It’s morally wrong to deny anyone the right to live. If we agree that some people can choose when others would die this is murder in its entirety. Everything must be done to prevent death since life is valuable and desirable to pursue and possess. If one chooses to die this is termed as suicide and it’s not acceptable. It can be concluded that active euthanasia denies patients the right to live and should not be accept...

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...surers find euthanasia cheaper than extended medical care and due to this elderly people will be pressured to accept active euthanasia other than waiting for their day of death. Therefore, instead of active euthanasia palliative care should be considered since they do help in treatment of pain.
Active euthanasia should not be justified or legalized drug therapy reduces the pain of a patient and instead of practicing active euthanasia. Palliative care centers are present and they can alleviate pain from a patient rather than ending his or her life. Life is sacred and we all need to protect. Active euthanasia will make medical professions to turn from caregivers to killers; they should protect human life at all cost. This will reduce the likelihood of high quality palliative care existence and it will confer unacceptable power on the medical professionals.
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