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Intentionally making someone die, rather than allowing that person to die naturally is the definition of euthanasia according to the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force (Euthanasia: Answer to Frequently Asked Questions, 1). This definition, itself, does not sound very appealing. The practice of euthanasia in any shape or form should never be legalized in the United States and should be banned wherever it is presently legal. Whether it be the assisted suicides associated with "Doctor Death", Jack Kevorkian, or just simply taking away a patient's life support from them, no form of euthanasia should be administered. The administration techniques, the consequences if it were legal, and whether it is right or if it is wrong, are all very controversial issues involved with the topic of euthanasia.

Many people, mostly pro-euthanasia activists, refer to euthanasia as "dying with dignity". This phrase sort of makes euthanasia seem like it is very nice and a pleasant way to die. Many people do not know of the different methods of killing that go on when euthanasia is practiced. For example, one method of dying is to be gassed with carbon monoxide gas and have one's head covered with a plastic bag. Does that method really seems "dignified"? Another method of killing is the lethal injection. This method usually requires that family members be removed from the room because these lethal injections cause such violent muscle spasms and convulsions (Unacceptable or Questionable Methods of Euthanasia). Euthanasia is hardly "dignified" if you look at it from a different viewpoint. This term of "dignified" is nothing more than a pro-death way of glorifying the act of euthanasia.

There are many consequences that could result from legalizing the practice of euthanasia, and these are not good ones either. If it were legal to help people die or for doctors to kill people then society would slowly begin to break down. The value of a human life would slowly go down. People do not see the consequences of many terrible occurrences until it is too late. For example, no one new what Hitler was really doing or did until World War II was over (Humphry n.p.). If euthanasia were legal and practiced, it would get out of hand. First, society would begin to allow the killing of the terminally ill, then the pain and sufferers next, the el...

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...ir sons or daughter die. Thus, it is disrespect for the patients to decide to end their lives. Euthanasia will always be an argument with perspectives from both sides. There will always be people with terminal illnesses and with pain and suffering. The fact that doctor's are here to help people and help them continue to live is a good reason to ban euthanasia and to keep it illegal. There are more negative aspects than there are positive. JUST SAY NO TO EUTHANASIA!

Works Cited

(Euthanasia: Answer to Frequently Asked Questions , 1,4) International Anti Euthanasia Task Force Homepage.“Euthanasia: Answer to Frequently Asked Questions”. http://www.iaetf.org, 1998. n.p.

(Unacceptable or Questionable Methods of Euthanasia) Harvard Medical Area Guidelines. “Unacceptable or Questionable Methods of Euthanasia”. http://www-rics.bwh.harvard.edu/pages/animal_research/euthanasia2.html, 1998. n.p.

(Humphry) Humphry, Derek.“Nazi Germany And Its So-Called Euthanasia”. http://www.rights.org/~deathnet/DH_essay2.html, 1995. n.p.

(Exod. 20:13) Bible

(Flew n.p.) Flew, Antony. Libertarian Alliance. “THE RIGHT TO DEATH” "Reason Papers" http://www.libertarian.org/LA/death.html 1990, n.p.
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