1 October 2012
Sharon Olds poem The Promise is about a couple renewing their promise “to kill each other” should one or the other become incapacitated. Euthanasia is a very emotionally charged controversy. According to the Medical News Today, euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide, and more loosely termed mercy killing, basically means to take a deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable suffering (Nordqvist). The history of euthanasia goes back to the 5th century B.C. The 20th century marked the foundation of several organizations for addressing the concerns regarding euthanasia. Proponents and opponents of assisted suicide present arguments for their different sides that involve moral and ethical ramifications. Should life be preserved at all costs or is the quality of life more important?
Opponents of euthanasia argue that it is a violation of medical ethics. The survey from the American society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) found that 22 percent of cancer doctors support assisted suicide in terminally-ill patients compared to 45 percent in a similar study three years ago. ASCO surveyed 3,200 oncologists for the report and 64 percent said they have received requests for euthanasia (Euthanasia). Doctors should have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. A doctor is supposed to save lives not take them. Euthanasia can weaken the trust a patient has for his or her doctor because it could weaken the doctor’s commitment to keep patients that are dying in good health if they refuse euthanasia. Euthanasia can give doctors too much power because it is still the doctor’s choice to decide to perform euthanasia. Opponents of euthanasia argue that it is God’s will to take life, not men’s. Too many assisted suicide is a sin. Opponents believe that if people have proper...