There are many times when people have to go through the pain and suffering of certain illnesses. In some cases, these pains are so overbearing that they would rather end their lives than continue to suffer. “The intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit,” is euthanasia. Some argue that euthanasia is just another form of suicide and that it should not be legal. You have the point of view from religious people who feel that euthanasia goes against their beliefs; however, there is the view of others who feel that people should not have to suffer. There are three categories when it comes to euthanasia. There is non-voluntary where euthanasia is conducted where the consent of the patient is unavailable, in-voluntary which is euthanasia conducted against the will of the patient, and voluntary euthanasia where the patient has given consent. The most common ways of performing euthanasia is either passively where a patient will stop taking medication knowing that the outcome is death or active where a patient will request to be injected with lethal drugs. The aggressive approach to euthanasia is the most controversial. I believe euthanasia is morally acceptable because it provides an end to suffering. Not everyone agrees with euthanasia. Some people believe that euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life. Euthanasia would not only be for people who are terminally ill. They feel that having some type of life is better than having no life, even if the life that they are living is a miserable one. It is said that it would be unjustifiable murder if the person living the miserable life is to be killed. “It would decrease the amount of misery in the world if we killed this person-it would lead to an increase in the balance of happiness over unhappiness-and so it is hard to see how, on strictly utilitarian grounds, it could be wrong (EL. page 269).” The Principle of Utility is said...
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