Argumentative Essay: The Legalization Of Euthanasia

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The Legalization Of Euthanasia Euthanasia is the painless killing of a person who is suffering from a fatal illness. The meaning of the word Euthanasia comes from the Greek word Eu (good) and Thabatosis (death), which means “good death” Throughout history euthanasia has been practiced. The Jewish society however followed the Bible and the sixth command stated, “Thou shall not kill” Judaism considered their life to be sacred and considered Euthanasia to be murder. The Netherlands is the first country to legalize euthanasia, and since then it has become legal in five US states, but on February 5, 2016 euthanasia will be legal in Canada. Euthanasia can be a controversial topic if you legalize it then there is always a chance of doctors misusing it but it also lets people chose their own life. By legalizing euthanasia it allows people who are suffering away out. Euthanasia allows people to make the decision of their own life. Who decides the quality of human life? In 1991 a women named Sue Rodriguez was diagnosed with ALS (an incurable dieses that causes motor neurons to breakdown and die). She didn’t want the dieses to decide when she dies, but when she took it to the Supreme Court of Canada she lost in a 5-4 decision. Sue asked the question “If I cannot give consent to my own death,…show more content…
On the assumption that euthanasia shortens life span, according to a Dutch survey statics show eight-six percent of all euthanasia cases shorten their life span by a week, it shows that terminal illness’s really are terminal. If doctors follow this criteria then medical research should still be able to advance, not everyone is also going to want to choose euthanasia either so there will still be cases where they can try and find a cure for some dieses and there will still be patients that will want to help, help doctors try so no one else has

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