“Euthanasia” refers to the ending of a life. It is also known as “mercy killing” (Nargus). The ancients Greeks were generally tolerant of suicide, however great philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle argued against assisted suicide (Uhlmann 25-32). This most likely influenced many Western countries to refrain from legalizing and practicing euthanasia until the 1900s. A “euthanasia” program in Nazi Germany killed 200,000 or more in Germany and Austria during World War II.
People are entitled to request that their life be terminated through medical methods in situations which destroy any hope for quality of life. Many people are against an assisted suicide system. While religion plays a major role in the opposition of euthanasia (many religions, including Christianity and Judaism, are not only against assisted suicide but suicide altogether), the heart of their opposition is the fact that an elderly or poor patient may be coerced into choosing euthanasia by cost-conscious family members or their doctors (Klaidman 62). They feel that an exploitation of a euthanasia system is inevitable. However, these abuses and exploitations can be prevented through a strict regu... ... middle of paper ... ... 1-2).
Euthanasia is legal in Washington only (Clarence H. Braddock, 2009). The thought of helping a patient who is suffering and they want to kill him or she is a very controversial topic as whether or not it is ethical for a doctor to end a person’s life. People who are against physician-assisted suicide feel that it is insulting God as well as murder. Others feel that it is a matter of choice. I feel very strongly that it is a matter of choice.
"Liberty and Death: A manifesto concerning an individual's right to choose to die." Assisted Suicide - Information on right-to-die and euthanasia laws and history. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2014. http://www.assistedsuicide.org/liberty_and_death_manifesto_right_to_die.html Kuhse, Helga, Peter Singer, and John Lachs.
Euthanasia has many different names, for example, doctor-assisted dying or mercy killing and many other names. (BBC, BBC, 2014) Euthanasia is always illegal but in some cases it is legal. Opponents of Euthanasia contend that those doctors have more responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. Most people are not in Euthanasia's side. In this research I will be able to answer these questions: 1-What is Euthanasia?
Peter Chesterfield comments, “A terminally ill, mentally competent patient like me should not be forced to suffer. This is as morally unacceptable as murder” (qtd. In Friedman 8). On the other hand, “The phrase ‘mercy killing’ refers to someone’s taking a direct action to terminate a patient’s life without the patient’s permission” (Thiroux and Krasemann 184). Mercy killing is the form of euthanasia that must be properly monitored and consist... ... middle of paper ... ...ties Toward Physician- Assisted Death: An Exploratory Assessment of the Vulnerability Argument,” Journal of Disability Policy Studies, vol.
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