Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Individual cases presented to justify legalizing physician assisted suicide fail to deal with underlying medical failures to control pain, creating an illusion of control over death, and not acknowledging the thousands of patients murdered inappropriately. This is an interesting and a very controversial issue in today’s society. Euthanasia has negative sides, it can hurt society, and everyone needs to learn more bout it. The word Euthanasia is Greek in origin. It arrived from the prefix “eu”, meaning fear, easy, and fortunate and from the word “thanatos” meaning death.
If so, under what circumstances might suicide be considered reasonable? Are there circumstances where the act of killing oneself is justifiable? Does one’s position in society or religious background determine the validity in one’s belief’s on suicide? Suicide is an uncomfortable topic to discuss. While other types of deaths elicit sympathy or even anger if there was foul play involved in the taking of a life, suicide is shrouded with feelings of shame and embarrassment for the family and loved ones left behind.
An innocent victim by the name of “Steven Truscott was wrongly convicted of murder… It was horrible for Truscott and the victim 's family because the real culprit got away with murder” (Wheeler). So far, under this horrifying system, “17 innocent people sentenced to death have been exonerated and released based on DNA evidence, and 112 other people based on other evidence” ("An Indefensible Punishment”). As long as the death penalty exists, there will be risks of executing innocent people. It must be abolished permanently and substituted by a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Society 's needs of punishment and protection can be met without running the risk of an erroneous and irrevocable punishment.
Deciding Whether the Rules of Causation Are Weighted Too Far Against the Interests of the Defendant When deciding on a case of death, the courts use the ‘but for’ test, i.e. but for the defendants act, the death would not have happened. In the case of White 1910: The accused had intended to murder his mother, he had poison in a glass ready for her but she suddenly died from a heart failure, she died due to the heart failure and not the poison. The defendant could only be liable for attempted murder but it is clear that he had desired it to happen. He could not, therefore be found guilty of murder.
The legalization of physician-assisted suicide will make the procedure more regulated. In The Economist article, “Time to Die”, the author shares his story of a deceased intimate acquaintance who died by physician-assisted suicide in a state where physician-assisted suicide considered illegal. The author’s personal experience of illegal practice of euthanasia gives him credibility for talking about the issue of physician-assisted suicide. He argues that many practice of euthanasia takes place underground and difficult to keep tract and regulate. People who oppose euthanasia because they fear that legalizing this practice will cause poor people to choose euthanasia instead of medical treatment.
How do doctors have the ability to determine the quality of someone else’s life? Does a doctor really know for sure that the person could not get well again (Nordqvist)? According to the National Health System, “it is illegal to kill someone regardless of circumstances” (Nordqvist 1). And now we want to give people the chance to kill themselves when they feel they are ready? Suicide was determined a criminal act from the 1300’s, including assisting others in ending their own life.
Causes of Suicide *No Works Cited Suicide can best be described as the destructive act of voluntarily taking one's own life. Suicide often presents a real and often tragic puzzle to be solved by friends and family, and any other professionals who have been involved with someone who has committed suicide. To be able to definitively answer the question as to why an individual would commit such a deadly act seems to be a highly complex task. The victim himself or herself, is perhaps the least aware of the answer to this ninth leading cause of death. Scientists have discovered that the cause of this fatal behavior can be found both within and without the individual.
Euthanasia and Religion Euthanasia is the inducement of a gentle and easy death. It is considered to be a form of suicide. Yet the procedure requires the assistance of a third party, due to the potential incapacity of the individual requesting this procedure be carried out. The case could then be turned into one of homicide. As a result of this, it is incredibly difficult to find an individual who is willing to aid in the conduct of euthanasia, as they could face prosecution in a criminal court on the charge of murder.
There are many reasons for people to not consider the death penalty before committing the crime. The person would not consider it if they did not believe they would be caught, if it was done in a moment of anger, or if they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs which will cause them to act impulsively. In fact, some criminologists, such as William Bowers of Northeastern University, believe that the death penalty actually hurts society and increases the chances of murder. There is lack of evidence that the death penalty...
This can also happen with murder, only death is permanent and "time out" is not. What do we say to the families of the innocently punished when such evidence comes forward to prove that their loved one was wrongly executed? There is nothing we can do or say to excuse ourselves. In conclusion, the death penalty is not right because it does not serve the purposes that it is intended to serve. I have proved that it is not an effective deterrent, but it also removes people from the world who can be rehabilitated in a proper institution.