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Euthanasia Essay

  • Submitted by: vyasha
  • on August 18, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 590 words

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Is it truly wrong to end one’s life on request or in favour of the person involved? Let me re-phrase the question, imagine if in 20 years from now as a doctor, you find yourself treating a terminally ill close friend or relative, suffering at the depths of an incurable disease, until eventually they request that they be put out of their misery. Would you agree to pull the plug on the life support machine or would you let that person live in pain and emotional distress everyday till the day they actually die. Difficult choice, is it not?

The term euthanasia means 'mercy killing' -- deliberately putting an end to someone's life in order to spare the individual's suffering. Euthanasia involves a death that is intended, but not foreseen, in order to benefit the person who dies; it involves a final act or omission by someone other than the patient (e.g., the doctor) in order to end the patient's life.

Arguments for Euthanasia:
• It provides a way to relieve extreme pain
• It provides a way of relief when a person's quality of life is low
• Frees up medical funds to help other people
• It is another case of freedom of choice
• Prevents population increase to an extent
                    Arguments against Euthanasia
• Euthanasia would not only be for people who are "terminally ill"
• Euthanasia can become a means of health care
                    cost containment
• Euthanasia will become non-voluntary (when the person who
                    is killed made no request and gave no consent).
• Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of
                    human life

Arguments against Euthanasia bring up the point of human life degradation and in opposition to this, I believe that to deny people the choice of death by active euthanasia is to force them to do something that is against their will and may well prolong their suffering, and therefore lose human dignity and decency. Death should be...

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