The Pros And Cons Of Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is a hot topic in today’s society. It is defined as “The practice of ending a person's life either through an intentional act or by withholding medical care. The action is performed without malice, but with the intention of alleviating suffering or ending the pain of a terminal illness or poor quality of life” (Newton, 2013). A variation of euthanasia that is the most common is known as assisted-suicide. The majority of the time a physician will administer a drug to the person and the person will quickly pass away. Some people say that euthanasia is not ethical and that it should be illegal while other people say that euthanasia is ethical and should be legal since it relieves human suffering.
Euthanasia Should Be Legal
Euthanasia is considered to be a solution to suffering people when diseases and terminal conditions effect their daily functioning. Although assisted suicide is only legal in three states, some people believe that we should allow people with terminal illnesses the right to die in every state (Newton, 2013). The main reason people find that euthanasia is a good idea is because it allows people a simple death. With the use of euthanasia, the person experiences a fast and painless death unlike the painful life they have to live otherwise (Walter, 2013). As humans, we want to live a happy and healthy life. With a terminal illness people just want their pain to end, whether that be with death or by getting better. The reality of the situation is that they will not get better and just spend their days in pain until they die. By legalizing euthanasia, it gives the people an alternative when they are sick of the suffering.

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People with terminal illness most of the time do not have enough m...

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...essure them into it, and it violates the Hippocratic Oath. On the other side, the main reasons for the legalization are that it is fast and painless which allows a simple death, it relieves the pain that these people would have to face for the rest of their lives, and because the medical expenses are a burden to them as well as their families after they have passed away naturally.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions about euthanasia/assisted suicide, which can be seen with only three states making it legal in the U.S but many other countries legalizing it. My opinion is that euthanasia should be legal because people should have the right to die and because letting people suffer is more unethical than the usage of euthanasia. No matter what other’s position may be, it is always important to evaluate the arguments for each side before taking a stance on the issue.
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