The Pros And Cons Of Euthanasia

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Someday, a loved one may be faced with tough times or a terrible tragedy that leaves them in pain and agony for the rest of their life. It may not happen today, tomorrow, or even next month, but it is always a good idea to have a well thought out plan. A terminal illness could strike at any minute such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or a car accident could leave someone paralyzed and miserable for the rest of their life. Permitting euthanasia would give the people the right to die with dignity and give them the option to not have to go through the pain, suffering, and stressful effects of a terminal illness. The Hippocratic Oath has been a major road block in legalizing the euthanasia process. Even though the modern versions of the Hippocratic Oath are not the same as older versions of the oath, many doctors believe that euthanasia, along with other things related to euthanasia are against the oath.
According to a 1993 survey of 150 United States and Canadian medical schools, for example, only fourteen percent of modern oaths prohibit euthanasia, eleven percent hold covenant with a deity, eight percent foreswear abortion, and a mere three percent forbid sexual contact with patients—all maxims held sacred in the classical version. (Tyson, 2014)
That is proof that the Hippocratic Oath should not be preventing euthanasia from becoming legalized into the United States. However, Doctor Jack Kevorkian decided that performing a type of euthanasia process called assisted suicide does not go against the Hippocratic Oath, or any other related oath and that many more doctors should be able to follow in his footsteps.
Euthanasia has been a constant argument of society. Not much is known about it except that it is the process of ending a life by a...

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...oundation: It is wrong to directly intend the death of an innocent human being, including oneself. If it is wrong to kill directly, it is wrong to assist in direct killing, even in the voluntary suicide of a terminally ill patient. (Dougherty, 1995. P. 65).
However, there are many laws and regulations pertaining to assisting a suicide. While medicine is getting further advanced, meaning that pain medication is becoming stronger and doctors are finding better ways to treat ill patients, these medications will not prevent a disease. No medication can truly prevent someone from being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or prevent a suffering, painful disease. This law has proven to be greatly appreciated by Oregon, Vermont, Montana and Washington State citizens and it can be just as helpful in more states once the states pass more laws allowing euthanasia in their state.

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