Euthanasia Should Not Be Legalized Essay

1295 Words Jan 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Over the past decade, the idea of euthanasia has become increasingly prevalent in modern medicine. There are many instances where a patient will contract an incurable disease or fall into an irreversible coma. In these cases, some may consider euthanasia if it is available. Many people disagree on the necessity of euthanasia. The common belief by many is that euthanasia should be legalized. They believe that in many cases where a patient is suffering from a terminal illness, they deserve the right to decide whether they want to end their life early. If death is inevitable, they argue, why not allow the patient to end their pain and suffering? Despite some valid reasons, this widely accepted point of view completely disregards all the complications of euthanasia. This form of murder is something that should never be legalized, no matter the circumstance.
Many people hold their view of supporting euthanasia because of their pity. They have seen all the suffering a patient with a terminal illness suffers until their death. While these people are right to feel compassion towards the suffering patients, they fail to see how easily legalized euthanasia can get out of hand. According to a LifeNews article by Alex Schadenberg, the number of euthanasia cases in the Netherlands have increased by fifteen percent every year since 2008. In 2012, there was an astounding 4188 reported cases of assisted suicide. This does not include all the unreported cases, which if included is…

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