Euthanasia: Right or Wrong?

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Chapter 1: Go to the website http://www.politics1.com/issues.htm. Pick an issue like affirmative action or immigration and open a variety of interest group websites and their take on one reform effort underway in Congress. In a 3-5 paragraph Word document write a summary of the reform effort.

Issue: EUTHENASIA ("Right to Die")

Pro-Euthanasia
This can be a very touchy subject matter to different individuals. I honestly don’t even know if I would consider myself pro or con to the subject matter. Depending on the circumstances I would bend in a different direction. For example, I would be Pro-Euthanasia for an elderly individual that was completely bed ridden and fully relied on staff or family to live day by day. This individual would have experienced an entire lifetime to live and learn by. This elderly person would have the knowledge to control whether they left this life with what they consider to be dignity. I would trust their own life in their hands. However, I would be Anti-Euthanasia for a child. For example, if there was a 3 or 4 year old child in a children’s hospital that was diagnosed as a terminal cancer patient and that child’s parents wanted to “let them go” – I would be fully against this. If treatment could buy that child another year to five years, let them be treated. I could foresee parents in society looking more at the expenses of medical bills and lack of insurance then the need to keep their own child alive. Once the parent(s) hears terminal, they would have one hundred reasons to let their child die. Granted they would put a good stamp on it – “She is in pain.” “The suffering was not worth the treatment.” “It got to painful to watch.” “I saved her from procedures that were not a cure.” – This list could go on forever. No parent is going to say – “It saves me from medical debt.” “I was broke from trips to the hospital.” “I needed to keep my job.” “The time was coming anyway.” – So, there are two sides to the coin and I would go...
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