Euthanasia: Physician Assisted Suicide

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Of all the controversial things in the world today, some are just completely absurd. There’s one that seems the most controversial though. It’s not gay marriage, nor is it the war on terror. It’s euthanasia, also known as physician-assisted suicide. There are many parts of Euthanasia that are debated over, such as the role of the physician as the patient approaches death, social groups at risk of abuse if euthanasia is legalized, and if euthanasia was legalized, would it be considered a form of legalized murder. By the time people finish reading this report, they will hopefully learn why euthanasia should not be legal, and what could happen if it was legalized.

One question that should be considered when people wonder if euthanasia should be legalized is, “Would this be considered a legalized form of murder?” To put it simply, it could, and probably would, be considered legalized murder. If legalized, people could kill someone and get away with it just by forging a suicide note and saying that the victim asked to be killed. In places where euthanasia is legal, many people die from a form of euthanasia known as “involuntary euthanasia”. Nat Hentoff reported that in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal, over a thousand people die each year from involuntary euthanasia, and that “Their physicians were so consumed with compassion that they decided not to disturb their patients by asking their opinion on the matter” (Euthanasia 1.)

Some believe euthanization would help the economy because instead of having to spend money trying to treat a patient, the patient could be euthanized. Many also believe that physician-assisted suicide would save money for insurance companies. Because of this, there is a fear that insurance companies would begin to encourage euthanization if such a thing was legalized. In a hypothetical situation in which economic conditions are similar to what they have been for the past few years, and in which euthanization is legal,...
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