Euthanasia Is A Human Right Essay

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Thousands of people living today aren’t exactly “living” they are either terminally ill or suffering in misery. There is a way to end their suffering, however, and it is known physician-assisted suicide or in medical terms, Euthanasia. Some people believe that these sick patients deserve the right to decide when to end their lives since they are not living to the fullest while others say that it disturbs the religious values of God. Sometimes religion just needs to be held out of medical procedures such as these in order to end the suffering of ill people. Euthanasia should be considered a human right. No one other than yourself or your family should be able to decide whether you live a life filled with suffering or end your life peacefully. …show more content…
Assisted suicide has many diverse interpretations. Possibly the most commonly used or accepted is “the intentional hastening of death by a terminal ill patient with assistance from a doctor, relative, or another person” (Medical News Today). It may sound harsh but a physician and Euthanasia activist by the name of Jack Kevorkian, who is commonly known as “Dr.Death,” has spoken out to the public and attempted to prove that Euthanasia is a right to end suffering and should not be frowned upon. As Dr.Kevorkian once said, “ My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It 's got to be decriminalized.” He believes that he should not be shunned or punished for his attempt to remove terminally ill patients out of the pain they feel every day. Although he was convicted of second-degree murder and faced prison time, he still was determined to legalize Euthanasia so that everyone who is suffering can end their lives in a peaceful …show more content…
It is illegal to kill one another, but is it legal to have a person lay in a hospital bed for months just to wait and die of an incurable disease? All humans deserve a right to their own lives. The greek Hippocratic Oath first mentions the idea of euthanasia. The original oath states "To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug nor give advice which may cause his death"(Historical Timeline History of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide). When no relief is offered to the patients and people who are at death 's door, the greeks believed helping the person end their lives and go peacefully is the right thing to do. As a representative of the National Institutes of Health once said, “As long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without corruption, may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate." (National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2008). This meaning that all physicians have the power and ability to treat a patient with every possible way they can to make them better and if they chose to do something that is against this oath’s wording, such as killing them, they will be violating what they

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