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Euthanasia

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The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines euthanasia as the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering. That sounds a little harsh, does it not? Here is the definition, restated with some different words, the intentional action of a licensed medical professional, to kill someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering. While the first definition may not seem so bad, the second one is distinctly harsher.
There are two different classifications of euthanasia. There is voluntary and involuntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is simply euthanasia conducted with consent, whereas involuntary euthanasia is euthanasia conducted without consent. This is a fairly straightforward point, right? Well, it gets more complex. There are also two different procedural classifications of euthanasia. They are active and passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia is when lethal substances or measures are taken to end a patient’s life. The other procedural classification, passive euthanasia, is the withholding of life-sustaining treatments. Some people feel as if the definition of passive euthanasia is debatable.
I believe that euthanasia, as a drastic course of action, should not be legal. In my opinion, the only exception to this that should exist is euthanasia being used to carry out punishment for a crime. Euthanasia should only be used to punish criminals who have committed a crime that the punishment of their crime is the death penalty.
Allowing euthanasia would weaken society’s respect for the sanctity of life. The human life should be valued no matter the person’s race, age, gender, religion or social status. A person does not have to make so...

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...ly grows as they do. Dr. Stevens, executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society, said, “ If we can’t even control the actions of one doctor—Jack Kevorkian—when physician-assisted suicide is illegal, how can we expect to regulate the actions of thousands of doctors where physician-assisted suicide is legal?” He makes a valid point, if Dr. Kevorkian couldn’t be controlled, what difference does having regulations in place make? Regulations won’t keep a vulnerable person from being pressured into choosing death.
I believe that euthanasia, as a drastic course of action, should not be legal. In my opinion, the only exception to this that should exist is euthanasia being used to carry out punishment for a crime. Euthanasia should only be used to punish criminals who have committed a crime that the punishment of their crime is the death penalty.
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