Euthanasia Pro

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Euthanasia is the intentional killing of someone, by action or neglect, who is defenseless or reliant upon others for their supposed benefit. The word, in its oldest form, meant gentle or good death, but now it is used in the same context as terms like mercy killing, assisted suicide, and physician- assisted death. However, euthanasia is not a recent concern; it has been practiced as early as the 1700’s, but it did not become widely known until the 1900’s when Adolf Hitler euthanized countless of mentally, physically, and terminally ill people in the first attempts to “cleanse” the German population. Euthanasia is only a broad term: there are many subjects that fall under it such as voluntary, involuntary, active, and passive. Voluntary is …show more content…

Some people fear that allowing euthanasia sends the message, “it 's better to be dead than sick or disabled.” The subtext is that some lives are not worth living. Not only does this put the sick or disabled at risk, it also downgrades their status as human beings while they are alive. Some have regarded people with disabilities as inferior, or as a burden on society. Those in favor of eugenics go further and say that society should prevent 'defective ' people from having children. Others go further still and say that those who are a burden on society should be eliminated. Many people fear that any legalization of euthanasia, no matter how strictly regulated, puts doctors in an unacceptable position of power. Many believe that this position of power allows doctors to, “play God,” and that it is morally incorrect. An Age Concern dossier in 2000 showed that doctors put ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ orders in place on many patients without consulting them or their families. In the United States, ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ orders are commonly used for black people, alcohol misusers, non-English speakers, and people infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This suggests that doctors have stereotypes of who is not worth saving. "It must be recognized that assisted suicide and euthanasia will be practiced through the prism of social inequality and prejudice…Those who will be most vulnerable to abuse, error, or indifference are the …show more content…

Voluntary active euthanasia is when the person is completely aware of the lethal dose of a drug that will cause their bodies to go into organ failure, and eventually the person dies of an unnatural cause. Physician assisted suicide is a form of voluntary euthanasia. In many ways, this can be seen as morally acceptable because the person has full consent of what their choice is. It is a “humane” way to end a person’s life, as the person is said not to feel much during the period of time in which the drug enters the bloodstream. Those who believe in this system say that it should be accepted because you have full consent of the patient and it is done under the supervision of a medical professional. In passive euthanasia they don 't directly take the patient 's life, they just allow them to die. This is a morally unsatisfactory distinction, because, even though a person does not actively kill the patient, they are aware that the result of their inaction will cause their death. Voluntary passive euthanasia allows for the person to die naturally without the assistance of a lethal dose. Normally, these people are extremely ill and the only way they can remain living is through the assistance of machines. In order for this form of euthanasia to occur, doctors simply unplug the person from the machine keeping him or her alive and allow the person to die naturally from their own

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  • Explains that euthanasia is the intentional killing of someone, by action or neglect, who is defenseless or reliant upon others for their supposed benefit.
  • Opines that euthanasia eliminates the needless pain and long suffering of those who are dying.
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