Physician-Assisted Suicide Essay - Euthanasia Should Not be Legalized

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Euthanasia Should Not be Legalized

"It is conceivable, that life can deteriorate to the point where

persons lose their dignity and self-respect and are unable to communicate;

life in such a form no longer meets meets the basic criteria of human-

ness." (O'Keefe, A1) Under these circumstances only should Euthanasia be

practiced and then only passively ("pulling the plug"). "Dutch Death",

Euthanasia, doctor assisted suicide, whatever you want to call it, it

should not be legalized.

People should live their lives for as long as long as it is worth

living. As long as someone can still have experiences and communicate with

others, they should go on living. Someone may have six months to live and

decides to end their life rematurely, saying that they are going to die

anyway, why bother with waiting. It is the same with anyone. Everyone will

eventually die, so why doesn't every one just kill themselves now? It is

because there are things they want to do and see, there is life they still

have yet to experience. The same thing is true for a terminably ill person,

they could do alot in that six months. They write an autobiography or a

novel, do a lot of reading or traveling, who knows? It has been said that

trials and pain make us stronger. Even if someone is in pain, that pain

could make them mentally stronger than if they give up and take the easy

way out. Life is pain, everyone goes through pain in their lives, but most

stick it out to the end, not giving up taking the easy way out. As long as

a person still is able to know what is happening around them and can

interact with the world around them it should be...

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...hey deemed fit for death. Then perhaps we would become

like a dog or cat and instead of bothering to heal us we would just be put

down. Who knows where it would end. These examples are pretty radical,

but once we take that first step there is no telling where it will end.

Sometimes change is needed in society, sometimes things must change to

fit societies needs. Some things, however, can never change; it will

always be wrong to steal, it will always be wrong to kill, and it will

allways be wrong to kill someone.

Works cited

Henry, Sarah. "The Battle Over Assisted Suicide: A Time to Die" California Lawyer, January, 1996

O'Keefe, Mark. "Doctor Assisted Suicide: Dutch Death" The Oregonian, January 8, 1995. ppA1+

Shavelson, Lonny. A Chosen Death; The Dying confront Assisted Suicide, January, 1994
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