Euthanasia Should Be Legalized? Essay

1221 Words Jul 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Euthanasia
Li Huang
Georgetown University

Euthanasia

As we know, clinicians are supposed to heal people and do no harm. What should the healers do if people who suffer from terminal illness beg them to end their lives with dignity? It seems cruel to watch people suffering from pain and dying when we know there is nothing else can cure them. It is just a matter of time to wait for death coming. Whether or not euthanasia should be legalized? This question has been controversial for decades. In the United States, when the first state, Oregon, passed the law to legalize euthanasia in 1994, critiques about this decision have not stopped. Besides Oregon, there were other four states also had legalized euthanasia, which included Washington, Vermont, Montana, and California (State-by-State Guide to Physician-Assisted Suicide, 2015). The rest of states are still considering euthanasia is illegal. Belgium was one of the countries in Europe legalized euthanasia in 2002. The legislation laid out the terms for doctors to end the lives of patients who were hopelessly ill and suffered unbearably. Potential Belgian candidates for euthanasia needed to be at least 18 years old and had made specific, voluntary, and repeated requests to end their lives (Cohen-Almag, 2009).
Summary of Emily’s Story
In November 2015, a 24-year-old, physically healthy, Belgian woman’s story had caught people’s attention. Emily had suffered depression since she was 12 years old. She had…

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