Legalization of Euthanasia
Euthanasia is defined as the act that is undertaken by a physician that intentionally ends the life of any person at their request (Pereira). It is funny considering that death is permitted for the sake of punishment of a crime, but not for mercy to a terminal patient. I believe that a patient should not be denied the right to a dignified death on the grounds that they are unable to physically do it themselves. Legalizing euthanasia would help ease the suffering of terminally ill patients. It is unfair to make anyone go through such pain. Our bodies are our own and we should be allowed to do what we want with them. I believe that permitting physician-assisted suicides while prohibiting euthanasia is discriminating to patients in the end stages of illness that are unable to terminate their own suffering. Euthanasia should be a part of a patient's right that allows them to decide the value of life and death for themselves. Having a patient on life support systems against the patient's wishes (DNR or do not resuscitate) is considered unethical by law. The patient has the right to discontinue treatment, so they should have the right to end their life to end their pain and suffering. Making a person go on living when they don't want to violate personal freedom, human rights and our right to choose our own destiny in a way.
There are a few principles that are argued when it comes to euthanasia. Beneficence is acting in the best interests of the patient and promoting of the patient’s well-being (Steven Pantilat). People argue that ending the patient’s life is never the only option and euthanasia directly contradicts this principle. Other people see euthanasia as a means of compassionately ending a patient’s life when other means of treatment become useless. Autonomy refers to a patient’s self-determination. While a patient is capable of giving consent, a doctor has no authority to treat the patient unless that consent is given....
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