The Problem of Euthanasia
Euthanasia is the act of purposely killing people in order to relieve them from their pain and sufferings. The two types of euthanasia are passive and active. Active Euthanasia is the process of increasing the rate that the patient will die which is usually done with drugs. Passive Euthanasia is when a doctor or any other professional “let” the patients die by taking away the medicine the machines that are keeping them alive. Passive euthanasia is commonly practiced in hospitals all over the world and has been morally accepted by many places. Is it right? Is it fair? Should those who use euthanasia on patients be sent to jail or executed? Sommerville's article from the Gazette newspaper helps me show that euthanasia should not be allowed in any cases. Legalizing passive euthanasia would change everything in society and the way that humans understand the importance of life. It would change the moral values of humans into values that are not right and, maybe, even cruel. The reason why these moral values would be changed by the legalization of Euthanasia would be because now, before it is legalized, most people think that murder is wrong, however, after it would be legalized, people would slowly start to think that murder is not all that bad. Euthanasia would lead to this simply because of the Slippery Slope theory that says that after taking a certain action, many other actions will come from it. In this case, the results of legalizing Euthanasia would not be good results. In response to pro Euthanasia activists, who claim that Euthanasia is a form of pain relief, Margaret Somerville quoted in the Gazette newspaper an Ottowan citizen saying, “People in pain have a right to fully adequate pain- relief treatment. But that does not entail endorsing euthanasia, as pro-euthanasia advocates propose” (Somerville A13). She says that people who are pro-euthanasia confuse pain relief treatment and euthanasia. A huge majority of Canadians hold...
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