Euthanasia: Assisted Suicide (Active)
My argument is the simple point that people should have the choice of what they do with their bodies. For example, if diagnosed with a terminal disease, people should at least be able to choose whether they want to live or die. Euthanasia is defined as the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. It says right in the definition that it is for the person’s benefit. Euthanasia literally means “good death.” It seems to be a very controversial subject on which many have formed very strong opinions. I interviewed Nurse Anne Miller who said, “When the end is near, people should have the right to leave this world peacefully and with whatever dignity they have left.”
Active euthanasia means the deliberate killing of a person by performing an action such as giving a lethal injection. Dr. Jack Kevorkian gives a perfect example of this with the death of 52 year old Thomas Youk. Thomas, who was in the final stages of ALS, wasn’t physically able to administer the lethal injection himself even though he thought life was no longer worth living, so Kevorkian decided to lend a helping hand. Technically this was his first injection since his other patients were all capable of injecting themselves. So convinced that his view of the situation was correct, he taped Youk’s death and dared the authorities to try to convict him, or to stop his assisted suicides. They decided to take him up on his offer, and he was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison. To this day, Kevorkian still does not regret any of the assisted suicides he was involved in because he truly believes that granting their wishes is the humane thing to do. According to Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Passive euthanasia is causing the...