Euthanasia Is Morally Permissible? Essay

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In this paper, I am going to talk about the topic of euthanasia. I will argue that active euthanasia is morally permissible in the case of a terminally ill patient who is going through unbearable amounts of pain. Furthermore, the focus of this paper will only be on this type of euthanasia; active euthanasia. However, in the first part of my essay I will not only define what active euthanasia is but I will explain how it differs from other types of euthanasia such as physician-assisted suicide. Then I will utilize aspects of James Rachels paper, “The Morality of Euthanasia”, in order to illustrate how active euthanasia can be morally permissible. Afterward, I will explain some aspects of my argument that others might find fault in and refute them. Finally, I will conclude that terminally ill patients should have the right to active euthanasia. To begin, the definition of active euthanasia is, “Euthanasia performed by taking a direct action to cause someone’s death; ‘mercy killing’”(Vaughn 295). The key phrase to pay attention to here is “direct action.” This is because when looking at the other types of euthanasia it is helpful to look at two questions: Who is performing the action? Has the patient given consent to such action? The other type of euthanasia is passive euthanasia. This is defined as “Euthanasia performed by withholding or withdrawing measures necessary for sustaining life” (Vaughn 295). This is different from active euthanasia because in this scenario the…

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