Ethanasia Essay

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Department of English & Scientific Method Euthanasia What Euthanasia is NOT: There is no euthanasia unless the death is intentionally caused by what was done or not done. Thus, some medical actions that are often labeled "passive euthanasia" are no form of euthanasia, since the intention to take life is lacking. These acts include not commencing treatment that would not provide a benefit to the patient, withdrawing treatment that has been shown to be ineffective, too burdensome or is unwanted, and the giving of high doses of pain-killers that may endanger life, when they have been shown to be necessary. All those are part of good medical practice, endorsed by law, when they are properly carried out Source: http://www.euthanasia.com/definitions.html Arguments Against Euthanasia 1. Euthanasia would not only be for people who are "terminally ill" 2. Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment 3. Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life 1. Euthanasia would not only be for people who are "terminally ill." There are many definitions for the word "terminal." Some laws define "terminal" condition as one from which death will occur in a "relatively short time." Others state that "terminal" means that death is expected within six months or less. Medical experts acknowledge that it is virtually impossible to predict the life expectancy of a particular patient. Some people diagnosed as terminally ill don't die for years, if at all, from the diagnosed condition. Increasingly, however, euthanasia activists have dropped references to terminal illness, replacing them with such phrases as "hopelessly ill," "desperately ill," "incurably ill," "hopeless condition," and "meaningless life." 2. Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment "...physician-assisted suicide, if it became widespread, could become a

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