Euthanasi The Death Of Euthanasia Essay

1708 Words Jul 27th, 2015 7 Pages
In Greek, euthanasia roughly translates in English as the “good death.” Euthanasia is the act of intentionally taking the life of an individual for their “benefit.” However, euthanasia is a controversial subject in much of the world, due to the fact that it technically is suicide or homicide. Debate rages on whether assisted suicide, a form of euthanasia that is used to end the life of a patient to prevent prolonged suffering, should be legalized. Countries such as the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Japan, Albania, Columbia, and Luxembourg have legalized assisted suicide and in America, most famously Oregon, have also legalized it (Williams). However, in many parts of the world and in 46 states, physician-assisted suicide has been criminalized. The issues with legalizing assisted suicide are the long-held beliefs on life, the role of doctor when it comes to patients, the devaluing of human life, and fears that legalizing one form of euthanasia will lead to legalization of all types of euthanasia. And while these arguments are valid, people who are suffering should have the right to die with dignity, doctors should be allowed to “release” patients with incurable ailments, people should respect the wishes of the dying and their loved ones, and legalizing assisted suicide will not lead to “mercy killings.” The terminally ill or comatose patients should be allowed the option of physician-assisted suicide in the United States. Legalizing assisted suicide will give people the…

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