Merciful Killing

Topics: Death, Euthanasia, Core issues in ethics Pages: 1 (316 words) Published: January 10, 2013
The word euthanasia comes from the Greek word εὐθανασία. Euthanasia literally means “good death” (in Greek, eu means good and thanatos means death). I believe that euthanasia should be legalized. It is not wrong to allow people in great pain to end their lives, but an atrocity to deprive them of the freedom and relief of death. Keeping people alive against their own will is what makes disease become dis-ease. However, euthanasia should only be permitted for adults who are either terminally ill or in severe pain, and have had at least two physicians state that these conditions are present. Also, the patient must have requested the physician-assisted suicide- no doctor should bring it up without the patient’s full consent. The only euthanasia that should be permitted, for it is the most merciful and painless, is voluntary euthanasia by action, meaning the patient asks for it and is freed of continued misery by lethal injection. There are often anti-euthanasia arguments about how it affects the loved ones of the patients. In my opinion, this is not a reasonable argument, for pain will come to them, no matter what the cause. It is better to see a loved one die a peaceful death, leaving the world with dignity, than watch them go through agonizing pain throughout the rest of their life. "A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless to resist." -Steward Alsop Sources:
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