Pros and Cons of Euthanasia

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Cammeron Johnson Dr. Carrie PHIL 200 11/02/2013 Pros and Cons of Euthanasia Euthanasia on humans is a very emotional subject for people that are for it and those that are against it. There is a large range of arguments on both sides that take place, some of the ones for euthanasia include no more suffering, freedom to make the decision when to die, and having honor in the way one dies. When one looks at some of the opposition against euthanasia we can see that people feel it is killing, an easy way out, or a quick fix. To even begin a debate one must understand what euthanasia is and the forms it comes in, it can include the following: passive, voluntary, non-voluntary, and active. When one withholds the treatment needed for one to survive this is passive euthanasia. This would be keeping respirators away, treatments that are not opposed by the legal system, and procedures. Active euthanasia is purposely bringing death to someone else by certain actions taken (Gorman). In the U.S. individuals have been given the right to make an Advance Directive that gives the person the right as one’s voice when they become unable to make medical decisions. This Directive is assigned to someone they can put trust into so they would be able to know be the persons voice in making decisions (Advance Directives and Medical Power of Attorney).Voluntary euthanasia takes place when a person makes the choice to end one’s life; non-voluntary euthanasia takes place when a person has not asked or consented to death. One other form of euthanasia is one by oversight that is intentional purpose of death by not giving the proper care needed to prevent death; some examples would be lack of housing or keeping food and water from the person which is needed to survive (Tonti-Fillippini). People that are for euthanasia feel that advances that are found today with medical technology today
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