Euthanasia is defined as "a painless killing,espacially to end a
painful and incurable disease;mercy killing". The righteousness of this act is
being debated in several countries throughout the world,and Canada is no
exception.Euthanasisa must not be accepted for religious,legal and medical
reasons,as alternatives to such a dramatic end.
To begin,the law,both civil and religious,forbid killing. Individuals
are prosecuted in courts of law for committing murder. An example of this is
the case of Robert Latimer. Although he claimed to have mercifully ended the
life of his daughter who suffered from an extreme case of cerebral palsy,he
was convicted of murder in the second digree. The courts were obliged to find
him guilty as he broke the law by taking the life of another human being.
Robert Latimer took it upon himself to decide that his daughter would never
lead a full life. Tracy Latimer was never given an opportunity for success, as
her life was taken. A not guilty verdict would have told people that parents
of disabled children can perform both voluntary euthanasia on their children.
In the United States, euthanasia was voted on for the first time in the state
of Washington. Although polls before the vote revealed strong support for
it,the ballot was defeated by fifty-four to forty-six percent,and euthanasia
remains illegal in North America. In addition to violating civil law,euthanasia
also contradicts the laws of many religions of the world. It is God who
controlls life and death. Man will take this responsibility if euthanasia is
permitted. It is stated in the ten commandments,"Do not commit murder". Murder
can take many forms,one of which is suicide,the taking of one's own life. This
is forbidden by the Christian religion. There is a picture on my grand-mothers
wall which stated that"human life is not merely the possession of the one who
bears it. It is an inherited gift,as such,has meaning not only... [continues]
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