What is euthanasia? The word euthanasia comes from Greek words. “eu” means good and “thanatos” means death. When these two words are put together, it means “good death”. However, in the dictionary, the meaning of euthanasia is “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of a hopelessly sick or injured individual in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy”. Although this definition is meant to indicate euthanasia, it may give people a negative idea about euthanasia. Most people who choose to have euthanasia are patients with incurable or painful diseases such as cancer or Hepatitis B. These people go through a lot of pain every day; so don’t they have the right to choose death over going through a life of both physical and mental suffering? Euthanasia gives people with diseases like such, to have a good death without going through the suffering and pain. Yet, euthanasia is only legal in four countries and 3 out of 50 of the states in America. Many
...r of Rights and Freedoms states that, “Everybody has the right to life, liberty, and the security of person.” By allowing euthanasia we are defying those basic rights to life. A persons right to life is now a persons right to die. One study shows that the majority of depressed elderly patients wanted to be euthanized, but no longer wanted to die after they got treatment. Euthanasia will provide death with dignity. A person should die knowing they are loved and their doctor did everything they could to keep them comfortable through the pain. Palliative care is the best for patients that want to die with dignity.
Euthanasia, as defined by the Encarta Encyclopedia, is the “practice of mercifully ending a person’s life in order to release the person from incurable disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death” (Encarta, 2004). Euthanasia is a Greek word, which means “good death.” As humans, we understand death is something we cannot avoid but having some control over death is empowering and reassuring to us. If someone is suffering from a terminal illness, intolerable pain, or in a long-term coma, euthanasia is an acceptable option for someone to end his or her life. With the consent of their doctor(s) these people should be able to have the law on their side supporting their decisions.
...ncluding the right to participate in assisted suicide. There are many issues concerning euthanasia, however, the three main issues that I feel are important when discussing the legalization of euthanasia are because of medical advances, the severity of pain a person is in once diagnosed with a terminal illness, and the basic fact that a person’s life is their own life and no one else’s. A physician should be allowed to participate in a patient’s death in a compassionate, confidential manner. A physician can provide the most peaceful, least painful and effective means to die. No human being should have to suffer with a terminal illness when an alternate course of action is available, such as euthanasia. No person has the right to take away a freedom given to another without just cause; therefore, who is to say that we cannot pursue the benefits of euthanasia.
In most countries, there is a shortage of health resources. So, if we allowed people to use euthanasia, it would open up valuable resources. Some patients who are ill and could be salvaged are not able to get quick access to the facilities they need for treatment. While at the same time, incurable people who would prefer not to keep living are using scarce health resources. Having the option of euthanasia to these people would open up health resources to people who actually wish to live (BBC “in favor”). We need to legalize euthanasia so both patient and economy can
Euthanasia, otherwise known as mercy killing or good death, is used to help end the suffering of a patient in an irreversible state of health, like severe cases of Lou Gehrig’s disease or severe burn victims. Many believe that it is immoral to go against natural survival instincts, while others wish to legalize it to help end the pain of those suffering. The main argument over euthanasia is whether or not it should even be allowed to exist within the medical and legal worlds. Euthanasia has caused many controversies and lawsuits that will continue until euthanasia is fully denied or accepted by society.
Euthanasia can be a difficult subject to address because it may not ever actually affect us unless we are placed in a situation where we would have to choose for ourselves whether or not we would ask a physician to assist in our own suicide, however, euthanasia must remain illegal in the United States. The main reason that it should remain illegal is that doctors should not be asked to take the life of another human being. By allowing people to accept euthanasia this would then be imposing on the rights of those who would have to perform the procedure. What if they feel that it is morally wrong? They should not be forced to kill a patient simply because that person believes they are beyond saving. Doctors have gone through years of schooling in order to learn how amazing the human body is and they know how to help people recover from illness and injury. Euthanasia should not be an option for someone who believes they...
Euthanasia is not an acceptable medical practice for everybody. The countries and states that currently have laws about end of life methods strictly states that these methods are reserved for terminally ill or patients in a vegetative state. These patients have been told they will die. I agree that all people should be able to live a full, happy, pain free life and a life that guarantees them to be able to communicate their medical wishes to their family and doctors. I also agree that people should be able to die a peaceful death without pain and suffering.
Euthanasia is clearly a mercy for those who suffer immensely through disease. Euthanasia should be an option for those that want it. It is obvious that many will still have objections and many will not make such a choice, but if they so choose, a quick and easy death awaits. I personally am not against euthanasia.
Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma, or in other words mercy killing. In December 11th 2013, studies show that 86% of the public support euthanasia for the terminally ill/on life supports, and 54% of medical practitioners that support Euthanasia. There are various arguments about this topic, whether it’s ethically okay or not, people believe that when it’s your time to go then you will and that should be a decision only made by god. Others believe that terminally ill patients don’t deserve to suffer for the rest of their lives. This procedure is controversial because it raises a number of agonizing moral dilemmas: Is it ever right to end the life of a terminally ill patient who is undergoing severe pain and suffering? Under what circumstances can euthanasia be justifiable, if at all? Is there a moral difference between killing someone and letting them die? Euthanasia is a very complex topic so I’ll cover the history of euthanasia, the various types of euthanasia, the benefits and disadvantages of the issue, and lastly go over my opinion of the debate.
Euthanasia is defined as “the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition, painless death.” (Dictionary.com) Euthanasia should be seen as an option that allows patients to make the decision of how they want to spend the rest of their life. People have a right to make the decision of using euthanasia to end their life because it is their choice to live or go through life with discomfort. The value of life is very important and should not be tampered with or taken for granted. When making the decision to use euthanasia, it should be a conclusive decision. Euthanasia should be seen as an option for patients
...y over their bodies, and should be able to have the choice to decide how and when they want to die. Euthanasia should not be taken lightly and must always be voluntary. Before undergoing the procedure, patients must be evaluated to determine their state of mind and if it euthanasia is their choice. If a legislation is passed to make euthanasia legal it must be carefully drafted, so that it is not abused. If euthanasia is not properly regulated or controlled it may lead to legalized murder.
Euthanasia is the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals in a relatively painlessly way for reasons of mercy (Thomas). The word euthanasia is derived from the Greek term eu thanatos, meaning “easy death” (Thomas). But the euthanasia debate includes far more than this definition may indicate...
The voluntary active euthanasia is legitimately moral. It is morally right for a person to seek euthanasia because it is their freedom or autonomy to control their own lives. It ends the suffering of the patient without harming other people. Furthermore, it prevents the person to suffer by giving him/her lethal injection or medication that prevents a person to die slowly with pain. On the other hand, the arguments against euthanasia are not sound. A thorough assessment will protect patient who request euthanasia for the benefits of others. A patient who seek for euthanasia does not use him/herself as means, but as ends to respect his/her own humanity. Furthermore, God as a benevolent will not allow a person to suffer which endorse the purpose of euthanasia – to end suffering. Therefore, voluntary active euthanasia should be legalized in the United States.