There is a deeply seated desire in the human ego to attain happiness. This happiness isn’t like a stray that we can come across and keep forever afterwards. People can spend their entire lives searching for a certain version. It can take forever until even when happiness is achieved, it can be fleeting and go as quickly as it came. Alternatively, there are times when life happens and that so badly desired happiness is out of reach due to the confines of earthly existence. No one plans to live in pain and unable to reach his or her full potential, but what would you do if you were faced with never being able to satisfy your subconscious?
Euthanasia is a Murder, not a Mercy
Around 130,000 people were euthanized each year at the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient. Although people argue that they should be able to die when they want, euthanasia should not be an option, because it is cruel, unjust, and is unfair to others, including the patient. My first reason that euthanasia should not be an option is that it is cruel. Some family members would resort to killing the patients themselves if euthanasia was not permitted. Family members…...
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Physician Assisted Suicide or Mercy Killing
As humans, we all try to hold onto our lives as long as we can, but at the same time, a life-span is also finite for humans. Medicines and new medical technologies can prolong death but it can also put someone through a world of hurt for who knows how long. Some may view this topic as murder, and others may view it as helping someone from the suffrage of a terminal illness that the new medical technologies or medicines…...
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Euthanasia Should be Allowed
Imagine being trapped in a diseased body where the disease is terminal. Across the globe there are thousands of people who live completely trapped in a diseased body with no quality of life, and merely just exist. These diseases consist of cancer, auto immune disorders, dementia, and others. In every state across the country euthanasia should be legalized and permitted. Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering an incurable and painful disease. It can also be defined as…...
Reasons to why Euthanasia Should be Legalized
What would you do if your mom had been in a terrible car accident? She has been in a coma for months and you finally realize that she will not wake up. The doctors inform you that you now have a choice to make: keep her on life support, or let her pass on. What would you choose? In this situation Euthanasia would be a likely option, due to the severity of the case. Euthanasia should be legalized because you…...
Mercy Killing Can Not Be Justified
Euthanasia is the ending or “cutting short” the life of a patient that is struggling from a painful disease that is not curable, also known as Mercy killing. Usually by inserting large doses of painkillers into the patient. Mercy killing is another term for Euthanasia. Mercy killing is most commonly used in countries like Netherlands and Switzerland. In a couple of countries, euthanasia is against the law. Practising euthanasia can and will resort in jail time. The law of legal…...
Human Rights: The Right to Euthanasia
Three years, countless rounds of chemo, and you have not gotten any better. The hospital has now become your home and your illness has taken over your life. The chemo is strangling you and taking away every bit of life you have left. You have given your family a time frame, and you have now reached your decision. More people are starting to seek euthanasia as an option if they are in a condition where they cannot recover: 'Between 0.3%…...
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Ethical Dilemma: Physician Assisted Suicide
According to Murray (2017), an ethical dilemma occurs when “obligations, principles, rights, values, and beliefs are in conflict” (p. 73). They arise when the only choices available are undesirable (Murray, 2017, p. 73). With outcomes of patient demise with either choice, physician assisted suicide (PAS) clearly meets the criteria of an ethical dilemma. History Euthanasia has a long history around the world as well as the United States. The first set of ethical standards that were established to guide the…...
Should Euthanasia Be Legalized or Not
Do you believe euthanasia should be legalized to end suffering? The conversation of making euthanasia legal everywhere has become more popular and well known to many parts of the world. Many people affirm in legalizing euthanasia so that no patient would die with pain and their dignity can remain intact while they are dying. Around 2,813,503 patients in the U.S died in 2017 and the death rate continues to increase and most of them suffered even though euthanasia could have…...
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Arguments Against Euthanasia
Of all the arguments against euthanasia, the most influential part is the slippery slope and once doctors or physicians have the right to kill patients, we will not be able to limit the killing to those who want to make suicide or die. There is a confusing definition term of euthanasia and assisted suicide or dying but the two terms are totally different. Euthanasia is the termination of a terminally ill person’s life to relieve them from the suffering with…...
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Ethical Decision Making With End-of-Life Care
The option of euthanasia for patients suffering from terminal illnesses has become an ethical concern for different stakeholders in the healthcare sector. Patients are considered to have independence and self-determination when receiving care (Patil, 2013). Thus, individuals should be allowed to end life with dignity to prevent severe pain when there is no hope for recovery from a chronic disease. However, the tenet of autonomy is limited by the fact that the choice for euthanasia by terminally ill patients is…...
Slavery in Utopia
Slavery in Utopia is not a question of race, ethnicity, or belief. It is a question of moral behavior. Only criminals can become slaves, and the children of slaves are born free. The slavery that exists in Utopia does not, then, contain all of the moral repugnance we rightfully associate with slavery. The fact that slavery could be conceived of as existing even within a fictional, ideal society is a sign that ideal societies are products of their times, subject…...
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The Law on Physician Assisted Suicide
Introduction Since the implementation of The Suicide Act 1961, it has been a subject of controversy and debate, as to whether physician-assisted suicide (PAS) should be permitted in the UK. The National Health Service (NHS} website states - ‘Assisted suicide is the act of deliberately assisting or encouraging another person to kill themselves’ and according to Section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961, Doctors will be liable for conviction if they encourage or intend to encourage the suicide of another…...
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Whose Life Is It Anyway: Brian Clark’s Play Analysis
The aim of this assignment is to evaluate Brian Clark's play "Whose Life Is It Anyway? " and to form an opinion on how the author keeps attention of the audience throughout the play. For this purpose, the research has been carried out through detailed analysis of the play, as well as through the study and evaluation of materials presented in books and websites, so as to determine the devices and structures used by the playwright to engage and sustain…...
The right to Die
In the article "The Right to Die", Patrick Nowell-Smith addresses the moral issue of euthanasia. He discusses the idea of its legalization in order to give people the right to choose if, how and when they want to die, in the same manner that they have the right to live. The general purpose of this article is to advance and promote the grounds for legalizing euthanasia within the Canadian realm. Nowell-Smith introduces the argument by dividing it into two reoccurring…...
Should Mercy Killing be Legalised?
Mercy killing otherwise known, as euthanasia has been a central issue subjected to heated debate. As a concept easy to understand, it is the act of killing someone painlessly. Proponents of mercy killing have questioned the quality of life experienced by the patients as well as the financial and emotional burden upon the family. Detractors have discredited the acceptance of euthanasia arguing along the prospects if miracle recoveries that could occur if one were kept alive. It is difficult to…...
Letter to Editor- Assisted Suicide
Altercations on whether or not assisted suicide should be legalized have rang out through the world and this topic has become one of the most popular questions of today. Ben Mattlin had written a cordial article ‘Suicide by Choice? Not so Fast’ elucidating his stance to assisted suicide. As a terminally ill patient himself, he disapproves of the Death with Dignity law, and I agree with Ben Mattlin that there is haste to assisted suicide, and thus I want to…...
Euthanasia: The right to decide
The decision to live or die in the context of euthanasia is extremely delicate, complex and controversial. Debates about the ethics of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide were present even in Ancient Greece and Rome. The word euthanasia itself has a Greek etymology meaning "an easy or happy death," (from eu- "good" + thanatos "death" meaning good death) (definition taken from Online Etymology Dictionary). Euthanasia is the act of deliberately inflicting death on a person suffering from an incurable disease by…...
Euthanasia Oral Presentation
Euthanasia is the deliberate act of putting an end to a patient’s life for the purpose of ending the patients suffering. But can it ever be right to kill patients, even with the intent to ease suffering? To kill patients, even with the intent to ease suffering, is considered homicide. Over the past years euthanasia has been defeated and become illegal in every country besides Netherland and Belgium. I am afraid that if euthanasia could have been legalised in those…...
Euthanasia should be legalized in the UK
Throughout the investigation I am going to answer a hypothesis to do with Euthanasia based on my collection of primary and secondary information. A moral issue is a difference or conflict of opinion over a difference in beliefs, which usually involve a specific kind of experience1, i.e., an act which affect other people. These conflicts usually happen between religions, political parties, and countries, the holders of these beliefs are usually willing to act upon these beliefs. Moral issues are very…...
Should Euthanasia be legal in Scotland?
People should have the right to control and choose whether they die or not. However I think they should be in a mentally fit state to do so. If they only have a couple of months to live and can feel the pain if they aren't injected day after day, then I think they should be given the chance to make decisions for themselves. It is after all their life, it belongs to them and the only judge the only…...
Ethical Dilemma Euthanasia Essay
Usisng case studies and literary references, the writer of this paper forms an argument in favor of euthanasia.EUTHANASIA THE RIGHT TO DIE: Euthanasia is a very controversial topic. People argue as to whether or not a person who is terminally ill, or handicap, should have the right or not to ask their doctor, or relatives to die by euthanasia. People say that dying by euthanasia is to die with dignity, instead of living an artificial life on respirators and other…...
Dramatic Techniques in Play ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’
The play "Whose Life is it Anyway? " discusses the controversial issue of euthanasia and shows people's different opinions on the subject. The issue of euthanasia is still very relevant today which makes Ken's situation all the more realistic and believable. Brian Clark uses many different techniques in order to make the audience feel sympathy for Ken, the main character. The audience is also able to sympathise with Ken due the use of techniques such as shock tactics, sarcasm and…...
Critical Summary: Active and Passive Euthanasia (James Rachels)
James Rachels argues against the traditional doctrine in medicine that prohibits the physician from taking any action which would contribute to the death of a patient. Rachels takes the position that in some cases, abiding by this doctrine leads to more suffering. In the situation where continued medical support would prolong suffering, doctors have the option of discontinuing support. If, according to Rachel, they choose that option on the basis of reducing suffering then they can do better with active…...
The Christian church teaches life is a sacred gift from god
Human life is sacred, this means life is precious and that no one has the right to take life away only God. The Christian church teaches life is a sacred gift from god. In the bible we read, ï¿½Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish and the sea, the birds of the air, over the livestock, over the world and all the over creatures that move along the ground ï¿½.…...
Abortion and Euthanasia
I have been asked for this section of the coursework to describe the beliefs that Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and at the end of their lives. As Christians we believe that Abortion and Euthanasia are wrong and that every persons' life begins at the moment of contraception and at ends at the moment of natural death. Life is sacred and holy and is a gift from God; we therefore as human beings have no…...
Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
When a doctor or physician assists or suggest euthanasia to his patient, it sends a perilous message to society or public that dying solves life’s problems to someone who is suffering from an illness whether it is mentally or physically ranging from less or curable illness to terminal or life threatening illness. There’s always a probability that a doctor’s diagnosis/assumption could be wrong as a doctor himself is not perfect and can make mistakes. What if the doctor makes a…...
Euthanasia: Death with Dignity, A Right to Die
One of the scariest obstacles in life is suffering from pain in the form of diseases such as cancer, lupus, or AIDS. With time, the pain can become so unbearable to the extent that an individual loses faith and chooses to plan their death, by requesting euthanasia. Euthanasia is also called physician assisted suicide, in which a specialist administers a fatal dosage of a particular medicine to an individual who wishes to be relieved of incurable diseases or intolerable agony.…...
Moral and Religious Disputes about Euthanasia
The story of Terri's husband's pursuit of the right to remove his wife feeding tube sparked dispute across the country of the United State of America, in particular, the State of Florida. There were a lot of individual introspection on the withdrawal of artificial nutrition in patients with persistent vegetative state, however before choosing sides, it is important to first have an understanding of not just the history of the case and the fact that Terri was involuntarily starved to…...
What is Euthanasia Slide So what is Euthanasia? The word euthanasia originated
What is Euthanasia Slide So what is Euthanasia? The word euthanasia originated from the Greek words eu (well or good) and thanatos (death). According to the World Medical Association the word euthanasia means deliberate and intentional action ending a life of another in attempt to hasten death and alleviate pain. Euthanasia comes in several different forms, each of which brings a set of wrongs and rights. Here shows the different forms of euthanasia. Passive Voluntary Euthanasia is when a medical…...
Euthanasia Should It Be A Legal Option Philosophy
“Euthanasia: The word “euthanasia” comes straight out of the Greek — “eu”, goodly or well plus “thanatos”, death = the good death — and for 18th-century writers in England that was what euthanasia meant, a “good” death, a welcome way to depart quietly and well from life”(MedicineNet.com).Euthanasia is an issue that has and will remain up for debate for many years and will stay there forever. There are many issues that are focused on when debating the topic of euthanasia.…...
Arguments Against Euthanasia Analysis Philosophy
Euthanasia or mercy killing is a moral act done out of duty to those in suffering or an act for self-benefit under cover of morality or is it opening door to many illegal issues in the society. Euthanasia should never be legalized in any of its forms else it will be practiced in all cases even where consent of a patient is not taken into account, for personal benefits by relatives, health insurance companies or the state. Body: To understand…...
End of life, euthanasia and assisted suicide
In the UK today, around three quarters of deaths are ‘predictable’ and follow a periodic trend of chronic illnesses such as cancer or heart diseases. It was found from the survey of general practitioners that 63%of deaths in England involved an ‘end of life decision’ by a medical practitioner. The extent to which people should have control over their death or another’s death is highly controversial. Euthanasia and assisted suicide arouses deep moral beliefs about the value of life that…...
Moral Permissibility of Voluntary and Non-Voluntary Active Euthanasia
This paper will focus on discussing the moral arguments that are popular in the field of discussion on voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia. I believe that argument that voluntary active euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia is not morally permissible is weak in its defense. This paper has been arranged into the following ways.I will first define the key terms that are often associated with euthanasia debates. Then I will delve into presenting the firm arguments in defense of the moral permissibility of…...
The paper is based on the argument of whether euthanasia should be legalized or not. Not many people understand what euthanasia is. Some do not even know that a human can ask for this option when you are close to death. It explains what euthanasia is and shows the main points of each side’s argument. It also gives a little history on what the word “euthanasia” used to mean and how its meaning has changed throughout the years. My argument…...
Euthanasia Persuasive Speech
Imagine a world where anyone, even the curably ill or depressed, is easily assisted in suicide. Where someone else decides when you’re life is no longer worth living. Where it is a societal expectation to die rather than receive long-term care. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the world that awaits us if we legalise euthanasia. Euthanasia, or assisted suicide, is defined as the practice or act of ending the life of a terminally ill person, usually by lethal injection. Though…...
Euthanasia should be legalised. Agree or Disagree?
Euthanasia is inducing a painless death, by agreement and with compassion, to ease suffering. There are also four different kind of euthanasia; active, passive, voluntary and involuntary. Active euthanasia means carrying out some action to help someone to die, whereas passive euthanasia is to not carry out actions which would prolong life. Thus with regards to the above, voluntary euthanasia is helping a person who wishes to die to do so and involuntary euthanasia is helping a person to die…...
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Human Euthanasia: Yes or No?
Have you ever wanted to end it all? Many people who have chronic illnesses, such as cancer, would rather die than endure one more day of suffering. They want to die by assisted suicide, or euthanasia. Euthanasia should not be legal for many reasons. There have been drastic advances in medicine. Also, the decision making process can easily be compromised. There is major risk of abuse. Furthermore there are many religious issues. Lastly, if done incorrectly, euthanasia can fail, causing…...
Euthanasia Opposite Side
Euthanasia is a relatively touchy subject and everyone has their own opinion on it. For me, I am pro-euthanasia and I believe that an individual’s right to autonomy and freedom of choice, euthanasia should be legalized in all the states. It is only fair to give someone that right because death is a private matter and should not be controlled by others. If a person autonomously chooses to end his or her life or have someone else assist them in…...
Euthanasia and Dr. Jack Kevorkian
When someone is inevitably dying and in inexplicable pain is it really a crime to grant their wishes and end their suffering? As of right now euthanasia is illegal in many countries and is a very controversial topic. Is it compassion for the patient helping them in ending their life or murder? The doctor is not giving death as an option, it is the patients choice and even where it is legal there are many rules. Euthanasia should not be…...
Utilitarianism and Euthanasia
The moral concern that I will go over about is Euthanasia. Euthanasia simplu implies bringing the death of another for the advantage of that person and likewise understood as mercy killing. "When an individual performs an act of euthanasia, he brings about the death of another person due to the fact that he thinks the latter's present presence is so bad that she would be better off dead, or believes that unless he intervenes and ends her life, it will…...
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Pain and Euthanasia
There are people in this world that are consistently afflicted with pain. It can be a literal pain or the pain of not being able to act on personal desires due to a physical restriction. This can get in their way of doing things that most people are able to finish every day without a second thought. The kind of restrictions inflicted on your life, and when it’s not something that you have wished for it can make life especially unbearable. Not being able to do what you want to do is another level of pain. That kind of mental pain coupled with physical pain that some people endure should be afforded a chance to be ended. Euthanasia is a word that has roots in Greek and can be loosely translated to mean ‘good death’. In medical terms, Euthanasia is known as ‘the act of someone electing to end their life with the help of medical assistance’ and is often used interchangeably with the term physician-assisted suicide as well. It is used to relieve people that are inflicted with immense pain by ending their life.
Passive and Active Euthanasia
There are two kinds of Euthanasia; passive and active. When someone stops receiving medical treatment to stay alive and dies as a result, that is passive euthanasia. The act of a health official causing the life of a patient to end without the patient participating is active euthanasia. There are three versions of active euthanasia which include voluntary, involuntary, and nonvoluntary. Nonvoluntary euthanasia happens when a patient’s death occurs and he/she is not capable of giving consent. Involuntary euthanasia is what happens when the life of a patient is taken that has not asked to die with the intent of relieving their pain and suffering. Finally, there is voluntary euthanasia which is the result of patients specifically making the request to die to their doctor.
All forms are legal in very few places, specifically legal in Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and in the US; Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, Vermont, Montana, Washington DC and California. Many countries and states within the United States do not believe in Euthanasia. Those that oppose euthanasia think of it as just suicide, the kind of suicide that is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. While euthanasia is technically a form of suicide, those naysayers should also keep in mind that euthanasia is not an option given to people lightly, and there is a long process to get permission from health officials. They argue that if legal, euthanasia would be overused similar to the overuse of euthanizing animals in shelters. Contrary to that belief, in a JAMA article published in 2016, the following research was found ‘Between 0.3% to 4.6% of all deaths are reported as euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide in jurisdictions where they are legal. The frequency of these deaths increased after legalization.
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are increasingly being legalized, remain relatively rare, and primarily involve patients with cancer. Existing data do not indicate widespread abuse of these practices.’ In 2015, there were 35,598 in Oregon and only 132 of those deaths were due to euthanasia, that is .39% of the total deaths for that year. This is including the passive euthanasia deaths of ending life support. It would be a just conclusion to say that those worries would prove unwarranted if there were legal euthanasia everywhere. John Hardwig, a philosopher once said that ‘Death does not always come at the right time. We are all aware of what happens when death comes too soon but what happens when it comes too late?’ No one wants to stay past his or her welcome. You might be familiar with the quote ‘It’s my body and I’ll do what I want to.’ Something that many have used but the origin of it is unclear.
Conclusion: The Ethical Dilemma
People should be permitted to make their own choices under the circumstances of extreme pain. There’s a right time to die and the person volunteering for euthanasia has a liberty to do what he/she wants. We deserve total autonomy over our own bodies and the chance to decide. We have a duty to our happiness, and when that is not attainable it makes all sense to end it. Living past our bodies’ extent of existence would be like living in a prison. People who force that life are not preserving anything but their egos. The people making these decisions to not allow euthanasia are not living a life full of pain and are making decisions selfishly. There are opposers that run with the saying ‘it gets better’ but why wait for better?
Can ‘better’ be guaranteed at that? There are doctors against it, but then there are doctors who are like Family physician, Robert Olvera, who explained the following: ‘There’s people that tell me why are you doing this, [advocating for PAS], you’re supposed to cure, you’re supposed to help this person, my answer to that is some people need help dying. To prolong death in some cases is not helpful, it can be counter productive. My objective is that given the Hippocratic Oath, I’m not going against it, I’m helping people, people like my daughter [Emily, who died at 25 after a 17-year battle with leukemia] who need help at the end of their lives. What spurred me is Emily on two occasions when she was lucid and competent, she asked me to give her enough sleeping pills so that she could go to sleep permanently. She was blind, but in the bed and had to be carried, but her mind was still competent. Had I known it was legal in five other states… and understanding what her wishes were, I would have left [to go to a legal state] in a heartbeat.’ It shouldn’t take a personal experience to make you sympathize with those that need euthanasia.
Moreover, there are other benefits outside of the most important, for the patient. There is a way to reach the people that need a monetary reason to commit to euthanasia. If let us say, there is a depletion of resources monetary or medical, then would it not be better to allow this person that wants to die the option to carry out their wishes? Not only will this satisfy the patient, but the hospital is also no longer spending money on someone that in the end will be dying. Essentially no longer having to waste supplies on someone who will reach the same fate no matter the actions leading up to the end. There are many reasons why Euthanasia should be legalized, but mainly there are more reasons why you should empathize with those who know their fate and have to live the painful days waiting for it. For those who disagree, what lengths would you go to in order to reach happiness?