Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

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Euthanasia is the act of ending a person’s life through lethal injection or through the removement of treatment. Euthanasia comes from the Greek word meaning “good death.” When a death ends peacefully, it is recognized as a good death. In modern society, euthanasia has come to mean a death free of any pain and anxiety brought on through the use of medication; this can also be called mercy killing, deliberately ending someone’s life in order to end an individual’s suffering. Anything that would ease human suffering is good. Euthanasia eases human suffering. Therefore, euthanasia is good. Because active euthanasia is considered as suicide or murder, it is a very controversial issue and therefore, illegal in most places. Although there are always other options, active euthanasia should be legalized because it helps benefit those who are terminally ill and respects their wishes. There are many different types of euthanasia: passive, active, physician assisted, voluntary, and involuntary. Passive euthanasia is when life-sustaining treatments are withheld to allow the patient to die. Active euthanasia is when a medical professional deliberately performs some type of action that kills the patient. Physician assisted suicide is when the physician provides assistance to the patient’s death, but the patient is the one who actually takes on the action. This is done by prescribing the drugs to the patient for the patient to take himself. For voluntary euthanasia, a patient directly requests that he wants to die. On the other hand, involuntary euthanasia is when a patient cannot directly make the decision for himself, causing someone else to. The euthanasia debate has a long history. The Ancient Romans and Greeks supported euthanasia, while ... ... middle of paper ... ...ion. A physically healthy 24 year-old woman in Belgium was granted the right to die. All her life she experienced suicidal thoughts. She believed that life was not meant for her, which led to her euthanasia request being accepted. No matter how hard the struggle is when dealing with psychological disorders or depression, a person should not be granted euthanasia. People who have psychological disorders or are depressed, generally are not in the right state of mind and have irrational thoughts; therefore, a person in this state would not be able to make rational decisions involving their own life. Psychological disorders and depression can be managed, while some diseases can only be managed to a certain extent. Once a person is considered terminally ill, their condition is not manageable anymore because the disease has taken over and, eventually, will end their life.

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