Euthanasia

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PATRIA MARIE M. GONZALEZ HERNANDEZ
“Euthanasia”
“The word ‘Euthanasia’ comes from a Greek phrase meaning ‘good death’. In today’s society it means killing a terminally ill person as a way to end that person’s pain and suffering” (Cundiff 1). Euthanasia is one of the most problematic moral and ethic issues all over the world. It has been debated a lot in several countries. There are two types of them: the one which is done voluntarily and the one which is done by someone else. The most common way of doing it is when the sick person asks another to perform it because he or she does not want to suffer more; like in the movies.

People consider euthanasia as morally unacceptable. They usually view euthanasia as a type of murder and they also consider euthanasia as a type of suicide. Being in that position is terrible. That person feels he or she is useless and it is really like that. We should mention that many people consider euthanasia to be just a personal choice that a person makes with their own life.

There are a lot of well-known authors who supports euthanasia and have their own point of view of it. An author said: “They may be forced to go on living against their will” (Van Den Haag, 406). Some patients are not taken seriously when they ask for someone to end their lives. This author states that everyone should do whatever they want concerning their own life and body. The patient should decide his/her own future and freely decide its destiny.

We can also talk about religious concerns and euthanasia. The Catholic perspective on euthanasia has been considered against it. To support this idea we should mention a part of a memorandum written by Pope Benedict XVI in July 2004, “the Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin… not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia… while the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it...
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