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Exemplification Essay: Euthanasia Should Be Legalized

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Jack has just been in a serious car accident. He is suffering from brain damage and paralysis. His family does not want him to live the rest of his life this way, but do they have a choice in ending the pain and suffering of their loved one? According to most state governments and countries, the answer is no; however, there is method allowed in some states to stop the pain and suffering for both the patient and his family. This method is called euthanasia. Euthanasia is the deliberate, painless killing of persons who suffer from a physically or emotionally painful or incurable disease or condition. Euthanasia is illegal in most countries and few doctors practice it, but it is a decision that seriously ill or injured people and their families should be allowed to make.

Jack is unable to do anything. He cannot walk, talk, or even kiss his wife and kids goodnight. Imagine the pain that Jack and his family are going through. His family would much rather see him be put to rest than to watch him suffer the rest of his life. Would you be able to live your life this way? Many people would not be able to, and that is why euthanasia is an important choice to have. It would prevent the family from a lifetime of suffering because the family would not have to see the ill person suffer and they would know that they did the right thing by ending the misery.

The major advantage of euthanasia is that it prevents a person from having to endure the rest of their life in pain. There is no appropriate reason that a person who is suffering from an incurable disease or condition should have to spend the rest of his or her life that way. If their family agrees with them, then the patient’s suffering should be put to an end. Many peop...

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...d on a patient who wants the help. Would you want to live the rest of your life the way Jack has to, and would your family want you to? The only way in which this can be prevented is euthanasia. If you would not want to spend the rest of your life suffering, how can we expect anyone else to?

Works Cited

“Let Death Be My Dominion.” The Economist. Oct 16, 1999. 353 (1999): 89-92. Proquest. Online. 19 Nov. 1999.

Daniel, Caroline. “Killing with kindness.” New Statesman. 126 (1997): 16(3). Infotrac. Online. 19 Nov. 1999

Emanuel, Ezekiel J. “Death’s Door.” The New Republic. 220 (1999): 15-16. Proquest. Online. 19 Nov. 1999.

Gillon, Raanan. “When Doctors Might Kill Their Patients.” British Medical Journal. 318 (1999): 1431-1432. Proquest. Online. 19 Nov. 1999.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that jack's family doesn't want him to live the rest of his life this way, but there is a method allowed in some states to stop the pain and suffering of both the patient and his family.
  • Opines that euthanasia is an important choice to have because it prevents the family from a lifetime of suffering because they know that they did the right thing by ending the misery.
  • Explains that euthanasia prevents a person from having to endure the rest of their life in pain. if their family agrees with them, the patient's suffering should be put to an end.
  • States caroline daniel's article "killing with kindness" that the terminally ill cannot be denied the right of euthanasia.
  • Opines that denying someone the right of euthanasia is putting a strain on available resources, as many countries are unable to build decent hospitals, and it is even harder for some countries to attract quality medical personnel.
  • Explains that euthanasia is cheaper than trying to take care of a seriously ill patient for an extended period, and it can provide relief on an already low budget.
  • Explains that advances in medical technology and increasing pressure on health resources pose a new dilemma for doctors. euthanasia can help prevent people from being "buried alive."
  • Opines that euthanasia is a medical practice that should be considered an acceptable option by everyone.
  • Cites the economist's "let death be my dominion" and caroline daniels' "killing with kindness."
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