Euthanasia Is The Proper Term For Mercy Killing Essay

1417 Words May 16th, 2016 6 Pages
The world today is full of suffering. Many diseases are not curable, so it makes one’s life awful and gives a great encouragement to die. Even the fast progress in medicine does not give opportunities to save someone’s life or reduce her pain. However, in this world people have euthanasia, which comes from Greek words, Eu (good) and Thanatosis (death) meaning “Good Death”(“A General History Of Euthanasia”). As well, euthanasia is the proper term for mercy killing – practice purposely ending a life in order to simplify the pain. At present, euthanasia is not acceptable to be used on people in most States. However, individuals should have the right to end his or her life by euthanasia because of individual freedom, suffering caused by disease, and individual frustrations from having a worthless life.
The earliest documents of euthanasia go back to ancient Greece and Rome where suicide, euthanasia, and mercy killing was supported and accepted. After Christianity was born, attitude began to shift and suicide was seen as shameful and sinful, and both Jews and Christians tended to oppose Euthanasia. The belief has continued throughout the Middle Ages. In the 1870s, doctors started to use morphine as a pain reliever however people opposed it and doctors were thought to be like killers. During the 1940s, in Nazi Germany, many disabled children and mental patients were regularly euthanized, often without any consent, in a plan that was named Action T4 and other “undesirable”…

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