Euthanasia Be Considered 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…
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 …show more content…
Markel says, “There are about 16,000 men and women who are eager to take possession of their medical degrees.” (Markel, Howard I Swear By Apollo. 2004, 13, May). This means that most doctors who are licensed do not fully obey the rules of this oath since an ancient physician created it a very long time ago and those medical issues back then were not the same as they are today. Now, there are incurable types of diseases presented to the human population that causes long, painful deaths for those affected. Sometimes people need to disregard the oath and do what they know is best for the person they are treating in order to fulfill their human rights and respected needs.This is why it is so controversial because people take into consideration for their personal morals, religion, or controversy surrounding the problems regardless if they are affected by the

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