The Right to Die

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Euthanasia is the act or practice of taking someone’s life that has an incurable illness or injury or assisted suicide. Benefits with assisted suicide are helping the terminally ill person to avoid excruciating pain, it also help their loved ones who are dependent on to avoid extreme health care cost, and health care cost can be spend on caring for and research for the future. If there are the pros for euthanasia, there are also cons against euthanasia. Those who are against euthanasia are mostly due to their religious beliefs or the fact that doctors will have the advantage to take someone’s life without giving the patient a chance to be cured from their illness. These pros and cons are main reasons why assisted suicide is such a controversy. When it comes to free will, people with an incurable illness have the right to choose to end their life to avoid a lifelong pain and suffering. In 1992, Sue Rodriguez was a great example of someone who decides to end her life because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Lou Gehrig's disease causes the nerve cells in the central nervous system to stop voluntary muscle movements. Patients who have the Lou Gehrig’s disease may have difficulty moving, swallowing, and speaking. Sue Rodriguez was suffering from this disease and she cannot end her pain and suffering based on Canada law that said assisted suicide is prohibited. Her belief about the law was that the banning “...violated the Constitution by curbing her rights of personal liberty and autonomy guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/02/09/f-assisted-suicide.html#socialcomments). She took her argument twice in the Supreme Court of Canada, but sadly she lost both batt... ... middle of paper ... ...still make a choice on their will before they are in a vegetative state. Most states allow for this to come about. Euthanasia will always be a controversy in society as it is the same as abortion. I stand for euthanasia as it will benefit people more as no one would like to live through life with pain and suffering. Death gives meaning to life. “Any ones belief in life is going to be influenced by their interpretation of the significance of death.” (http://www.exampleessays.com/viewpaper/51503.html) People should not be afraid of death, as death is part of life. Works Cited "Jack Kevorkian." www.wikipedia.org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian#cite_note-5 (accessed May 11, 2010). "The fight for the right to die." CBC. Febuary 9, 2009. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/02/09/f-assisted-suicide.html#socialcomments (accessed Febuary 9, 2009).

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