“Is Euthanasia Ethical?”
Euthanasia is a term used to describe the “mercy” killing of a human being who is incapable of making the decision to end their life on their own. Numerous people question the ethicality of euthanasia; however, the answer itself is controversial. Some believe that it is morally acceptable to take a human life in order to alleviate a person’s pain and suffering. On the other hand, some believe that it is not morally adequate to take the life of another human under any circumstance. Both the Terri Schiavo case and the unresolved ending in Stuck in Neutral are the perfect example of why personally, I believe that euthanasia is not morally acceptable to those who cannot speak for themselves.
Terri Schiavo lived happily in her home in St. Petersburg, Florida until February 25th, 1990, it was on that day that Terri had collapsed and was sent into full cardiac arrest. After being evaluated at the hospital, doctors said she had suffered massive brain damage due to the lack of oxygen and was comatose. Two and a half months later, her condition had been formally changed from comatose to a vegetative, and over the course of the next few years, doctors would attempted to return her to a state of awareness through several forms of therapy; however, they did not seem to be effective on Terri. After eight years of Terri remaining unresponsive, her husband, Michael, started a petition to remove her feeding tube, therefore ending her “suffering” because he believed “she would never have wanted to be kept alive in a vegetative state”. Terri’s parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, strongly opposed Michael’s efforts to end Terri’s “suffering”, they believed that other than the brain damage, she was healthy, and eventually, she could get better. After numerous petitions and debating, Terri’s feeding tube was removed on March 18th, 2005, and she passed away on March 31st, 2005. Although there have been claims that Terri felt no pain during her thirteen days...
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