Arguments Against Legalized Euthanasia

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The way "a person goes through the process of dying and accepts death is closely related to the way the person's society and culture view the process. A person's family, cultural values, social and medical institutions are all factors that form part of the context in which individuals die" (Dickinson and Leming 13). In past years, death was an accepted and natural part of life. Unlike today, death was common to occur at home with family and friends present. Advances in health, medicine and medical technology, however, have reduced people's contact with death. Currently, most people rely on hospitals or nursing homes to take care of the dying (Dickinson and Leming 14). Sociologists Michael R. Leming and George E. Dickinson hold that Americans tend to use euphemisms for death, such as "passed away," due to their inability to accept death. "People seldom mention death directly" (13). Nevertheless, death is a reality that everyone will, at some time, come to face. It can be one's own death or that of a loved one. Certainly, this is a time where the feelings of loss, guilt, anger, separation, and denial are unavoidable. "And, when that death is accompanied by intractable pain or on-going coma, issues of ethical response to the situation, legal theological prescriptions, and feelings of love and caring compete" (Larue 1). In such conditions, the possibility for euthanasia may increase. In this country euthanasia has become a complex and controversial subject. But, what is euthanasia? According to the American Heritage Dictionary, euthanasia is the act of painlessly ending the life of a person. In simple terms, it means killing. Therefore, euthanasia should not be legalized in this country. Euthanasia is challe... ... middle of paper ... ...uthanasia should not be legalized in this country. Works Cited Berger, Arthur S., Berger Joyce. To Die or Not to Die? Cross-Disciplinary, Cultural, And Legal Perspective on The Right to Choose Death. Ed. Arthur S. Berger. New York: Praeger. 1990. Dickinson, George E. and Leming, Michael R. Death and Dying: Opposing viewpoints. Ed. William Dudley. San Diego. Greenhaven Press. Hook, Sidney. "In Defense of Voluntary Euthanasia." Elements of Argument. Ed. Annette T. Rottenberg. New York: Bedford. St. Martin's. 6th ed. 2000. 483-485. Larue, Gerald A. Euthanasia and Religion: A Survey of the Attitudes of World Religions to the Right-to-Die. Los Angeles: The Hemlock Society. 1985. Rachels, James. "Active and Passive Euthanasia." Elements of Argument. Ed. Annette T. Rottenberg. New York: Bedford. St. Martin's. 6th ed. 2000. 485-490.
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