The Euthanasia Debate

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There are many different point of views on Euthanasia and whether or not it should be legalized. Many believe that since it is our bodies and our lives, we have the right to choose when we no longer want to live. On the other hand, there are great amounts of people who believe that euthanasia is considered murder and is not ethical. “One thing on which we all agree is that there is a true national crisis that surrounds the way Americans are dying” (Dr. Ira Byock.) The purpose of this paper is not to support either side, rather this paper will discuss what euthanasia really is, the past of euthanasia, and both the positive and negative sides of euthanasia. Euthanasia and its history According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Euthanasia “is the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering.” Euthanasia has an intention of killing by either act or omission, intention is the keyword that defines euthanasia, if it was not intended, then it is not euthanasia. But where did the practice of euthanasia come from? According to euthanasia.com the history of euthanasia traces back all the way to about 400 B.C. and was called The Hippocratic Oath by the Greek physician Hippocrates, in his oath he said: “"I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel" (euthanasia.com). The use and laws of euthanasia continues throughout the 14th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century, but the most common history of euthanasia known is during The Holocaust. In 1939 Hitler ordered widespread “mercy killing” for men, women, and children who were sick, as well as for the children and adults who were disabled. Today euthanasia has become controversial and has been legalized ... ... middle of paper ... ...nasia: Whether it is a libertarian movement for human freedom and the right of choice, or an aggressive drive to exterminate the weak, the old, and the different, this question can now be answered. It is both." Works Cited Baklinski, Thaddeus. "LifeSiteNews Mobile | Shock Study: Organs Harvested from Euthanized Patients Make Better Transplants." LifeSiteNews. N.p., 16 June 2011. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. Byock, Ira. "CommonHealth." CommonHealth RSS. Carey Goldberg, 29 Oct. 2012. Web. 05 Mar. 2014. "Euthanasia Suicide." Euthanasia Suicide Mercy-killing Right-to-die Physician Assisted Suicide Living Wills Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2014. "Jack Kevorkian." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. Sgreccia, Bishop. "Euthanasia and Children: The Economic Factor | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome." ZENIT. Zenit.org, 16 Sept. 2004. Web. 05 Mar. 2014.

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