Issues with Margaret Somerville Essay

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Euthanasia has loon been a very controversial issue for many in the medical field and in the government. Doctors and patients alike have debated its legalization due to their dissimilar religious practices and/or political ideas. These issues pro-longing the confirmation of euthanasia, for example, is the inability to provide suffering patients with efficient end-of-life care by alleviating pain and doing it cost effectively and to not obligate patients in critical condition to euthanasia instead of a different cure. While these problems are minor setbacks others feel that by allowing doctors the right to terminate a patient’s life would endanger their personal freedoms and would consequently create a situation where terminally ill patients would be sentenced to death. Euthanasia means for one to have a ‘good death’ when it was started by the Greeks for administrating ether as an anesthetic to relieve pain (Emanuel 793). This practice then became associated with not only alleviating pain but also as an intentional way to end a patients life early. Euthanasia, at this point in the world’s westernization, was seen as a modern decision which would show the exclusion of religious practices in the medical and political field. It was first mentioned in Thomas Moore’s Utopia, but he agreed that “Still, the Utopians do not do away with anyone without his permission, nor lessen any of their duties to him” (Emanuel 795) but many religious citizens saw it as suicide and disagreed. Ever since then and the 1906 defeated Ohio bill for legalizing euthanasia, it has been seen by many as a backward and inhumane way of helping patients end their suffering. Death Talk is a widely renowned book supporting anti-euthanasia arguments. Written by Margaret Somerville, a professor of law at the McGill Centre for Medicine, Law and Ethics states that euthanasia is a way to perceive death

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