Euthanasia Should Be Legalized? Essays

1418 Words Nov 26th, 2014 6 Pages
Death is something that everyone will have to deal with in their lifetime, whether it is someone you are close to or just know of. In 2003, a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 146,000 procedures to “insert permanent feeding tubes” were done by struggling families (Life-Support Decisions). It is common to hear people say that if they were in that situation they would want to be put to sleep, or in other words, they would hope for euthanasia. In the United States today, all 50 states consider euthanasia illegal. Due to the pain and suffering terminally ill patients go through, euthanasia should be legalized.
In Greek, euthanasia means ‘good death’ or peaceful death and “in other words- a death that is preferable to life” (Padmanavan). The idea of euthanasia gives a calm and dignified conclusion to a patient’s painful life. Euthanasia clearly violates the sixth commandment “thou shalt not kill” and therefore it is illegal in the United States of America (Exodus. 20. 13.). But before Christianity, Ancient Greece and Rome were very tolerant of euthanasia, and it was not prohibited until around the 17th century (Euthanasia Pro-Con). There are different types of euthanasia. Commission is taking action that would lead to the patients death, like a fatal injection; whereas omission is letting the patient die by not taking action to maintain life, such as living wills (Forms of Euthanasia). All attempts to institute the idea of euthanasia have…

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