Negative Arguments Against Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is a topic that is commonly associated with several negative ideas. However, philosopher and scholar R.M. Dworkin defines euthanasia as “killing a person out of kindness”
(Life’s Dominion, p.3). So how can an idea with such negative assumptions be defined as kind?
The reason euthanasia is seen as king to some people, is because euthanasia is putting an end to a persons suffering. Simply put, it is important that every terminally ill patient at least has the choice of how and when they could end their life. Although euthanasia is thought to be immoral, removing the option from terminally ill individuals prevents one from making his/her own decision on their own lives. By becoming better educated on the subject and sympathizing with those that are terminally ill, the law
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While death seems like a distant thought to most people, death is inevitable to all regardless of a person race, gender, or class. There is no way to escape death, as it will someday reach everyone,
Mosri 2 of 5 but in all technicality it is illegal to take one’s own life, and therefore, also illegal to euthanize someone or be euthanized. One would think that something so fundamental and consistent in human life would be up to the person whose life it is.
Large parts of the whole that argue against euthanasia consist of the religious public.
These religious people argue that every life is precious, and that not one life should be thrown away. This has been a common idea since the 1900s that physician William Duncan McKim was not fond of. McKim suggested that, “religious Americans have to give up this idea that all life is precious” (A Merciful End, p.1). Holding the idea that all life is precious is understandable.
However, just because the majority of people believe this, it does not mean that an entire population should also be forced to believe it as well. This is a classic example of the

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