Euthanasi The Acceptance Of Euthanasia Essay
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The acceptance of euthanasia rests on the premise of mercy and compassion, which are essential to human dignity. Prasad (2015) argues why supporters of euthanasia claim not allowing euthanasia is to deny a person’s right to die and opponent’s dispute that it is not a human right to die. Whether or not a person is favor of, or opposed to euthanasia, all people would agree that they would want a dignified death for themselves and their loved ones. The problem starts when people cannot agree as to the definition of dignity (Prasad, 2015). The view of death should be a personal decision. Hence, neither the government nor the physician can decide on the behalf of the patients.
The subject of this paper aims at supporting legalization of Euthanasia. I believe that an individual should have the right to decide when their life ends if the quality of life has become so grave that a person may feel too much emotional and physical pain. The legalization of Euthanasia does relieve not only the patient’s pain but also improves the quality of life. Society has a moral responsibility to respect individual autonomy when we can do so without harm to others and when doing so does not violate any other moral obligation.
Euthanasia is a word derived from a Greek word that means “good death (Euthanasia, n.d.).” The Oxford English Dictionary states that the original meaning, "a gentle and easy death," has evolved to mean "the actions of inducing a gentle and easy death…