Argumentative Essay On Legalizing Euthanasia

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Legalizing Euthanasia “We control our entry into life, it is time we began to control our exit.” - Max Frisch. Euthanasia is a highly controversial debate all around the globe. Opponents argue that using euthanasia to end one’s life is morally erroneous and believe it violates the principles of medicine; proponents believe euthanasia is a considerate way to end the suffering of terminally ill people. With the legalization of euthanasia, many benefits could be added to this country. Bountiful amounts of people with incurable diseases will not have to live in the horrible pain that comes with their disease, current laws will not target these innocent people, and this country will become a better and happier place overall. These reasons prove …show more content…
This time period was when euthanasia was first introduced by the Romans and Greeks. They tended to support it, with physicians allowing their patients to take poisons to end their hurt. Over the next few centuries, more and more Christian and Jewish people began to oppose euthanasia because they believed it violated God’s gift of life. From the 17th to 19th century, euthanasia was illegal in many places. Renaissance and Reformation writers challenged the opposition, and Samuel Williams, a nonphysician man, advocated drugs, such as morphine, for euthanasia. During 1900-1949, controversy grew over euthanasia with Dr. Harry Haiselden letting a deformed baby die (with parents’ permission) rather than operate on him. The Black Stork film, based off of Dr. Haiselden’s case, also made controversy grow and spread. When the Great Depression came, more and more of the American public supported euthanasia, and in 1938, the National Society for the Legalization of Euthanasia (later named Euthanasia Society of America) was founded. In 1950, however, a poll from the World Medical Association showed that the support for euthanasia was declining. However, British and American Euthanasia Societies submitted a petition in 1952, stating: “Inasmuch as this right is, then, not only consonant with the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration of Human Rights but essential to their realization, we hereby petition the United Nation to proclaim the right of incurable sufferers to euthanasia” (ProCon 6). Twenty years later, in 1972, the United States Senate held the first national meeting on the topic of euthanasia. Right to Die bills were put into effect in eight states: Arkansas, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas. From 1980 to 1999, more societies, such as the Hemlock Society, opened and over half of the American public supported euthanasia. On June 4th, 1990, Dr. Jack Kevorkian

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