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Argumentative Essay On Euthanasia

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Amelia Chromy
Mr. Edmund
English 4-Period 4
March 31, 2014
The Value of Life

Euthanasia, the intentional and direct killing of a patient by a physician or another party, most commonly done by useful lethal injections. Originally done to compassionately end pain or suffering. Imagine society where people live in constant fear for their lives. They would never live life to the fullest, or know what was coming in their future. Imagine life where hospitals do not treat people to save their lives, but kill people for their illnesses because someone determines whether their lives are worth living or not. Society argues that it is the right choice, but when put in the situation directly, it is much harder. Once a life is gone, it is gone. It is not a little decision to make. Literally a life changing choice. Society should accept people for their disabilities, and not dispose of them because they are too much of an inconvenience; therefore, euthanasia is wrong because a “slippery slope” or a rapid upcoming to even murder may happen, if legalized, each and every life is valuable, and euthanasia is an unnatural death.
If legalized, euthanasia may be on a “slippery slope” to murder or non-voluntary euthanasia. Many people are concerned that if euthanasia is legalized there will be even more big controversial topics legalized in the future. As of 2002, euthanasia became legal legal in the Netherlands, although performed regularly before that, without consequences. The doctors assumed the patients were in too much pain to live any longer. In the Netherlands, 25-30% euthanasia cases did not give consent. Jose Pereira, professor and Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa says, “…about 900 people annually are adm...

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...r of Rights and Freedoms states that, “Everybody has the right to life, liberty, and the security of person.” By allowing euthanasia we are defying those basic rights to life. A persons right to life is now a persons right to die. One study shows that the majority of depressed elderly patients wanted to be euthanized, but no longer wanted to die after they got treatment. Euthanasia will provide death with dignity. A person should die knowing they are loved and their doctor did everything they could to keep them comfortable through the pain. Palliative care is the best for patients that want to die with dignity.
Euthanasia is wrong because a “slippery slope” or a rapid upcoming to even murder may happen, if legalized, each and every life is valuable, and euthanasia is an unnatural death. A patient should not be in fear that a doctor may be thinking about euthanasia
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