Euthanasia Essay

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EUTHANASIA

BY

LORI J DONAHUE
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY
CATHOLIC BIOETHICS
NOVEMBER 18, 2014

EUTHANASIA

What is the value of life? Who decides whether or not an individual can end their life? These questions are asked when the controversial topic of euthanasia arises. Certain groups and politicians disapprove of the legalization of euthanasia, arguing that it is immoral. Other groups argue that an individual should be allowed to choose their time of death. These and other questions related to euthanasia will be discussed in this paper.

Euthanasia refers to the practice of intentionally ending one’s life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Most cases of euthanasia are performed by taking a cocktail of certain
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The patient has the right to reject outright or to discontinue those procedures which are extraordinary, do not offer proportionate good, do not offer reasonable hope of benefit, or are simply heroic. Such a decision is most appropriate when death is clearly imminent. The person could place himself in God’s hands and prepare to leave this life, while maintaining ordinary means of health care and practicing the Catholic beliefs.

An individual is diagnosed with cancer and told they would die from the disease. Rather than undergo painful chemotherapy or radiation, which would only give them perhaps six more months of life, decide to enter hospice, which provides nourishment, pain medication, and nursing care. They can prepare to meet the Lord and enter eternal life. This helps them die a dignified and painless death. It also, keeps the thought of euthanasia at bay.

Individuals should not be able to decide when to die. Even when facing a terminal illness, God’s plan for life must be followed. Catholicism regards life as sacred and taking any innocent life is a sin. The church believes that no one needs or ought to suffer a long painful…

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