Debate On The Legalization Of Euthanasia Essay

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Debate on the Legalization of Euthanasia
Euthanasia is an assisted death to those with incurable diseases who wish to die peacefully instead of going through pain and suffering; on the other hand, euthanasia can be seen as legalized murder and used for the selfishness of family members. Since euthanasia has been legalized in the United States, debate has developed from the different views whether it is deliberate killing or an end to unbearable suffering. Also, there are two different kinds of euthanasia; passive euthanasia, which would be pulling the plug on life support as opposed to active euthanasia, which is an actual poisoning shot. Cardiac and transplant surgeon, Christiaan Barnard has seen many patients suffer throughout his career. Although it was not said directly that the patient wanted to be euthanized, Barnard stated that during his practice with a patient, he was convinced that she wanted an assisted death. “During the eleven years after her first stroke, as she lay bedridden with repeated bladder and lung infections, she told me on occasion. “I wish God would come and take me away,” (Barnard). Administering euthanasia would be putting patients out of their misery; equally important, it would help the families of the patient as well. In fact, Barnard proposed “that the doctor’s main role and the primary goal of medicine was to alleviate suffering—not merely to prolong life—he argued that advances in modern technology demanded that we reevaluate our view of…

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