Euthanasia

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Question: Should human euthanasia be legalized worldwide? Thesis: Human euthanasia should be legalized worldwide as it enables those whose lives are no longer worth living to end the pain and agony they feel every day; it frees much needed resources for other endeavors and enables humanity to become a much more humane society.

What does it mean to be human? If we were to walk into any hospital we might start to wonder. In almost all hospitals, there are people whose only wish is to end their suffering but are kept alive due to outdated social stigmas that only increase their pain. This is why human euthanasia should be legalized worldwide as it allows those whose lives are no longer worth living to end the pain and agony they feel at every moment; frees much needed resources and enables humanity to become a much more humane society.

Firstly, allowing euthanasia to be used on humans would allow those whose lives are no longer worth living to end the misery they feel on a daily basis. There are millions of people in hospitals and nursing homes who are suffering needlessly as they struggle against an incurable disease with no chance of survival. For example, in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is both legal and tightly regulated, physician assisted suicide accounts for a mere 2.1% of all deaths annually, a vast majority of which are terminal cancer patients. Legalizing human euthanasia would allow them to end their lives with peace and dignity while surrounded by loved ones. Thus, allowing them to end their lives would also free up the resources and money previously taken up in caring for them.

Secondly, allowing human euthanasia would free up the resources used by those whose only wish is to end their suffering. Those resources could be used to ensure that the rest of the population has a greater access to resources and services previously taken up. Long term palliative care for the terminally ill is a huge and ultimately wasteful drain on medical...
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