Legalizing Euthanasia

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“I’m not afraid of being dead. I 'm just afraid of what you might have to go through to get there” (Pamela Bone). In our world, Euthanasia is a controversial topic It.’s so controversial because people can go through so much pain and not have a way to end the misery. Legalizing euthanasia allows terminally ill patients, the right to die with dignity and end intolerable suffering. “The term euthanasia originally meant only 'good death, ' but in modern society it has come to mean a death free of any anxiety and pain, often brought about through the use of medication (Michael Manning).” Most recently euthanasia has come to mean 'mercy killing’ which means intentionally ending someone’s life to diminish their suffering. I feel that it should …show more content…
The first one is an ethical argument which basically means that people should have the freedom and choice to control their own body and life as long as other people’s rights aren’t abused. The second is pragmatic argument which says that euthanasia is already a widespread practice so it’s better to regulate properly. Both euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in every state besides Oregon, Vermont, Montana and Washington. Depending on the circumstances, euthanasia is considered manslaughter or murder and is punishable by life in prison. Assisted suicide is illegal under the terms of the Suicide Act (1961) but attempting to kill yourself is not a criminal act. I feel that a fair policy proposal is that euthanasia be legal in every state with the consent of the ill patient and family …show more content…
“Between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010, the percentage of Americans in the 45- to 64-year age group with two or more chronic conditions grew from 16 percent to 21 percent, according to survey results. For adults 65 and older, the percentage increased from 37 percent to 45 percent. The survey was compiled by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (health day news). President Obama and Congressional Democrats seem composed to push for major health care reform in the upcoming months. One idea that politicians will not touch because of political sensibilities, however, it could be the easiest way to save billions of dollars without affecting health care quality at all, which would be legalizing euthanasia. Anyone who has a basic understanding of economics should know, those with terminal illnesses are not doing bettering society. The End of life care is incredibly expensive due to the frequency of hospitalizations and the increased need for special attention. Those with terminal illnesses have even more expensive health care needs. Obviously, those in the final stages of a terminal illness are not in any position to contribute economically to society. Their continued existence may be personally meaningful to those who love them, but from

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