The Moral Issue Of Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is a moral issue that has become increasingly prevalent in today’s society. As advances in medicine permits patients to live longer and longer, it has now become necessary to determine how and when people are allowed to die. Euthanasia reaches many deeper and more complex levels then the simple definition of: causing the death of a person, to prevent further suffering. There are many specific circumstances or situations that health professionals come across in which the lines can become quite blurred. In my opinion I believe that under strict regulations all options of euthanasia should be made available for end of life care. Euthanasia is often hard to grasp because of the many different classifications. There are six different…show more content…
Is one way of killing someone less wrong then another? Is killing, the same thing as letting someone die? These kinds of questions are the reason for the moral struggles on the issue of euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is often justified because the doctors are not the cause of the person’s death. Active euthanasia on the other hand is an intentional act. In some countries, such as Belgium Holland, and Luxembourg active euthanasia is legal. In other countries, only passive euthanasia is permitted. So where do we draw the…show more content…
Is it our place to decide when a person’s life should end? Is it right to force someone to continue living? The pendulum swings both ways. With today’s advancing medicine are we not already in a sense playing God? Patients can survive almost indefinitely, hooked up to machines that will both breathe, and pump your heart. Many doctors will rule this excessive treatment to allow the patient to be euthanized passively. If it is deemed excessive treatment, and we are forcing them to live beyond their time, isn’t that the making yourself like God? If the argument can be made that causing someone to die prematurely, it would then also be wrong to keep someone alive beyond when they should have

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