What you need to know about Euthanasia

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What you need to know about Euthanasia

One of the most controversial debates is whether or not Euthanasia should be legalized and whether or not it is humane. In my opinion, I believe that Euthanasia is definitely inhumane. A lot of people think that euthanasia or assisted suicide is needed so patients won’t be forced to remain alive by being "hooked up" to machines. But the law already permits patients or their family to withhold or withdraw unwanted medical treatment even if that increases the likelihood that the patient will die. Therefore, no one needs to be hooked up to machines against their will. Neither the law nor medical ethics requires that "everything be done" to keep a person alive. To insist, against the patient’s wishes, that death be postponed by every means available is contrary to law and practice. It is also cruel and inhumane. There comes a time when continued attempts to cure are not compassionate, wise, or medically right. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not private acts. Rather, they involve one person facilitating the death of another. This is a matter of very public concern since it can lead to tremendous abuse, exploitation and erosion of care for the most vulnerable people among us. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about giving rights to the person who dies but, instead, they are about changing public policy so that doctors or others can directly and intentionally end or participate in ending another person’s life. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about the right to die. They are about the right to kill. It is simply murder. The definition of the word kill is to take away someone’s life. Are these doctors not in fact “killing” their patients? It is completely unethical. In some circumstances, I understand why Euthanasia might be considered. If the illness is terminal, and the person is suffering a great deal, and it would ease the person’s suffering if they were to just die, then yes, I understand how Euthanasia can be put into play. That’s why this debate is so extremely controversial. There are too many ifs,ands,and buts in the answer. There is no way that someone can fully be Anti or Pro Euthanasia. Euthanasia can also be abused. For example, people might look at Euthanasia as a medical way of committing suicide. (That is, if Euthanasia was publicly legalized.) The patient might say to themselves “ I have no reason to live, I’m very depressed, so why not just go to the doctor, tell them there is no cure for my depression, I am too depressed to live on, and get a legal injection and die now”. People might see it as an easy way out. There is no law against committing suicide yourself, but it takes so much to actually kill yourself. If people knew that there was a doctor out there that would do it for them, it would increase the amount of deaths by the thousands. Depression is an illness that can be cured. In my opinion, Euthanasia is too controversial an issue for me to put my foot down on one side. But morally, I am pro for only the people that need it to stop their physical suffering. But to be politically correct towards people’s religions and such, I would have to be anti Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

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