Euthanasia Is The Act Of Ending Someone 's Life Essay

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Euthanasia is the act of ending someone’s life (Goldberg, 1987, p. 22). This issue raises controversy, as many individuals perceive this act as a criminal homicide. The capacity to sustain human life through the use of technology and improved life support measures causes people to question the controversial topic of patients’ right to die. According to Goldberg (1987, p. 22), active euthanasia is the direct act of shortening a human being’s life, such as providing a patient with a lethal injection. However, passive euthanasia is the act of withdrawing life prolonging measures with the intention of ending someone’s life, such as removing a ventilator. Euthanasia could either be voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary meaning the individual has given consent to their death and involuntary referring to the lack of consent given by the individual. I will argue that even if every human being has the right to live, voluntary passive euthanasia should be legalized in Canada because it is inhumane to refuse an individual the right to die, when they are experiencing intolerable pain as well as causing the suffering of other individuals. This paper will apply the moral principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance and justice to voluntary passive euthanasia to prove that it will help stop pain and avoid suffering for patients and people involved. Consideration of counterarguments along with a response to them will also be discussed in this paper.
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