Euthanasia Is Not Immoral? Essay

1392 Words Jul 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Karen Anne Quinlan, Jack Kevorkian, names of common, everyday people who have, in recent years, become household words. Upon hearing the name Karen Anne Quinlan, ones mind is immediately taken to the bedside of the lifeless shell of what was once a full of life young woman. We see the straggles of a family who desire nothing more than to lay to rest the remains of their daughter. Jack Kevorkian, the "killer doctor," imprisoned for granting the requests of his terminal patients. Euthanasia comes from the Greek word euthanatos, which translates literally to mean good death. Euthanasia is defined as intentionally and compassionately allowing a person to die, who, in all likelihood has no real hope of living, despite the fact that with the advancements of medical technology, the potential to keep him alive is on hand, albeit only for a short time.
It is my belief that euthanasia is not immoral; in fact, it should be accessible to anyone who makes it clear that he wants to escape pain and suffering that are due to illness. However, there are those who strongly disagree and with that in mind, I will explore just such a person. In his essay, "The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia," J. Gay-Williams presents what I would consider to be the 'Traditional View ' of euthanasia and the typical arguments against it. He runs through three rudiments that, in his opinion, an act must meet to be called euthanasia: 1)A life is taken; 2) The person whose life is taken is believed to be suffering from…

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