Argumentative Essay On Euthanasia

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Death is something that everyone will have to deal with in their lifetime, whether it is someone you are close to or just know of. In 2003, a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 146,000 procedures to “insert permanent feeding tubes” were done by struggling families (Life-Support Decisions). It is common to hear people say that if they were in that situation they would want to be put to sleep, or in other words, they would hope for euthanasia. In the United States today, all 50 states consider euthanasia illegal. Due to the pain and suffering terminally ill patients go through, euthanasia should be legalized.
In Greek, euthanasia means ‘good death’ or peaceful death and “in other words- a death that is
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In Vatican City, Pope Francis recently denounced euthanasia arguing that “it is playing with life” (Pope Denounces Euthanasia), but Christians still have surgery with anesthesia to eliminate the pain of the operation. Is that not just as much interference with God’s time? There are however some religions, such as Jehovah’s Witness’, that do refuse some medical procedures such as blood transfusions, but nothing more. One of the biggest arguments may be about the value of life. In Ancient Greece and Rome, when the idea of euthanasia first emerged they did not really have a defined value of human life (Euthanasia Pro-Con). For some their value of life may be to live as long as they possibly could not concerned with the quality. However, quality of life is very important. It is hard to determine what makes life great because “when it comes to quality of life, each patient has his or her own vision” (WebMD Quality of Life). Taking medications to treat a patient’s illness may extend their life but the illness could destroy the patient’s mind, or even the nature of the individual. If the illness does not destroy the patient, the medication will. The amounts of medication that would be required to control the pain a patient endures will often leave them delirious and in an inadequate state. Many fear that the legalization of euthanasia will bring horrible crimes and involuntary euthanasia. Euthanasia usually means good death, but if someone is using the Nazi context of the word it was an euphemistic term for a murder program used for killing mentally and physically disabled patients around Germany. The ‘euthanasia’ program was the National Socialist Germany’s first program of mass murder or movement widely known as the holocaust. It was aimed to restore racial integrity of the German Nation. During this time, Philip Bouhler and Karl Brandt started organizing a secret operation for the euthanization of

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