September 15th 2008
Should Euthanasia be Legalized?
The rise of advanced technologies, especially the life-sustaining ones, has brought about the debate and moral issue of euthanasia. In Ancient Greek euthanasia literally means “good death.” Euthanasia refers to the practice of ending a life in a painless matter (Wikipedia p1). There are several types of euthanasia; voluntary euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia, passive and active euthanasia, and physician assisted suicide. Euthanasia is usually associated with patients who have a terminal illness and do not want to spend the rest of their remaining time suffering and for their loved ones to have to watch them suffer. The proponents of euthanasia say that people have a “right to die,” and that people should not have to suffer and have the option of dying with dignity. Opponents of euthanasia say that it is never justified to take one’s life under any circumstances. It refers to the religious, moral, and legal stance (Green 2). Euthanasia should be legalized in all states so that people do not have to spend their remaining time suffering. It’s not the decision of other people to decide whether someone should be forced to live.
Another term for euthanasia is “mercy killing,” which is killing someone to put them out of their suffering, with or without the person’s consent (Green 1). Passive euthanasia is withdrawing or withholding life-prolonging medical treatment with the intention to hasten death in the patient’s interests. Active euthanasia is an assisted death with drugs either by oneself or at the aid of a doctor (Euthanasia par.1). Voluntary euthanasia is when a person requested to be killed. Non-voluntary euthanasia is when a person made no consent or request to be killed. Involuntary euthanasia is when a person made a request not to be killed (Euthanasia par. 1). The opponents of euthanasia say that passive euthanasia is acceptable because it is just withholding...