(Baird 1989) In medieval times, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim philosophers opposed active euthanasia, although the Christian Church has always accepted passive euthanasia. Conflicting opinion is seen to be found when people talk about euthanasia. Some say it is good because people should have the right to choose what they want to happen to themselves. If they choose to end their suffering they should be able to do it without being made to feel like they have done something wrong. Some lay some guidelines and say... ... middle of paper ... ...he same time, it is ending the person's life that is the most valuable thing a person may ever hope to own.
Physicians should not be prohibited by law from lending their professional assistance to those competent, terminally ill persons for whom no cure is possible and who wish for an easy death. It is a crime in itself to allow a person to endure such intolerable pain for extended periods of time. I believe that if it were legal, many physicians would extend their assistance to those ill patients that deserved to die in peace. Bibliography Works Cited Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Christian Moral Perspectives. Washington, DC: Morehouse Publishing, 1997.
Euthanasia, in the strict sense, involves actively causing death. This is, in some cases, legal like in the Netherlands, but in few other countries. Euthanasia, in a wider sense, includes assisting someone to commit suicide, in particular physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Allowing death -- e.g. by not providing life support or vital medication-- is not considered euthanasia if it is the patient's wish (Robinson).
Euthanasia Ends Suffering Death is deeply personal, generally feared, and wholly inescapable, but medical technology now can prolong our biological existence virtually indefinitely, and, with these advances, comes the question of whether we should pursue the extension of life in all cases. Most people would agree that, under certain circumstances, it would be preferable to cease our hold on life. Nearly everyone can agree that there are situations when terminally ill patients have the right to call for a halt to life-extending treatments, and that their physicians will have the moral obligation to comply. What appears to be quite difficult for us as a society to come to terms with is the thought that someone would actively intervene in the "natural" process of the death of another human being. Why is it tolerable, even desirable, to intervene (with decidedly unnatural technology) in the "natural" process of death when it results in extending life, but intolerable and morally abhorrent when we act to speed the patient to his or her unavoidable death?
The majority of the time a physician will administer a drug to the person and the person will quickly pass away. Some people say that euthanasia is not ethical and that it should be illegal while other people say that euthanasia is ethical and should be legal since it relieves human suffering. Euthanasia Should Be Legal Euthanasia is considered to be a solution to suffering people when diseases and terminal conditions effect their daily functioning. Although assisted suicide is only legal in three states, some people believe that we should allow people with terminal illnesses the right to die in every state (Newton, 2013). The main reason people find that euthanasia is a good idea is because it allows people a simple death.
But instead, it is the last option, the last door to open and give patients a peaceful passing. Opposite sides conceive of euthanasia as a lower and non ethical way to help patients. Also they claim the fact that sometimes euthanasia has been practiced without the consent of patients, but at the will of doctors and families. Euthanasia is a very complex issue, and it can not be looked at as the answer for every single patient. Otherwise, it has to be thought of as a very rare and non usual way of helping people.
For centuries mankind has dreaded painful deaths from either pestilence, attack or even accidents. Morris explains that the majority of people fear death because of uncertainty as well. He claims knowing death will be painless would relinquish man of fear of it (Morris 1). There is a way to know, for certain, that death will be painless. Euthanasia is the key to a painless death.
Should euthanasia be legalized to allow patients to have options of how to deal with their situation? Most people are open-minded to the thought of saving a terminally ill patient from suffering any more than they have already. Then there are those such as religious leaders, politicians, and doctors who are reluctant with the idea of allowing a very sick person to die without trying other treatments and methods first. Patients should have the right to choose to either fight their illness or die with dignity. Legalization of euthanasia will allow patients their right to control their life and make their own choices.