Essay about Euthanasia: Freedom to Die with Dignity

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Euthanasia: Freedom to Die with Dignity
Charletta R. Anderson
Strayer University
ENG 215
Dr. Aaron Miller
December 12, 2011

Euthanasia: Freedom to Die with Dignity
The word “Euthanasia” comes from a Greek phrase meaning “good death”. However, in today’s society it means killing a terminally ill person as a way to end that person’s pain and suffering (Cundiff, 1992 ). In the year 2007, my grandfather the Honorable Leon Davis was dying. This American war hero had made a request to die with dignity. He was dealing with a failed kidney, pneumonia, dementia, hypertension, MRSA foot infection, a broken hip, and terrible living conditions at a nursing home. All these problems left him weak and physically dependent on
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3 ). My grandfather like other severely ill people declared that he wanted to die because his pain was so severe. He often made the statement, “Whose life is it, anyway? Let me have the freedom to die with dignity” Euthanasia practices are considered another way of saying, "Right to Die”. Several associations lobbied for the right to end one's life in a dignified manner. I have been in this circumstance three times with family members who were in so much pain from deteriorating medical issues. For this reason, a person should have the right to take his or her own life, when they had incurable illnesses and in severe pain. My aunt and I had the legal responsibility of making the decision or respecting my grandfather’s desires in his last days, to die with dignity. My grandfather stated repeatedly, that he no longer wanted to live, because the pain was unbearable. Who knows one’s pain better than the person who is enduring it? However, if the person in pain makes the decision not to live anymore, refuses any medical treatment and requests a higher dosage of painkillers, then he or she has stated their option.

Emmanuel (1999) argues that legalizing Euthanasia is the solution to the problem of the families, government and insurance companies. That is also my reason to supporting euthanasia because it alleviates the costs of unnecessary medical bills that are piling up for the care of a terminally ill person. However, euthanasia is a good alternative, it

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