Essay about Euthanasia

1616 Words Sep 13th, 2013 7 Pages
Euthanasia is a subject that is in great debate and one that will continue to be a topic of controversy. Is it morally wrong? Are we not respecting patients’ rights? Is it suicide? These are just a few of the arguments that are of great controversy. I believe that euthanasia should not be permissible and the only times it should be are in cases of non-voluntary euthanasia, when patients are in a Persistent Vegetative State (“PVS”), and in times of war, during combat. What is the difference in killing someone and allowing them to die? With euthanasia, we might as well kill because we’re taking part in that patient’s death. We are totally devaluing human life. In the laws of nature, all things must die. In the film Dax Case, the …show more content…
We should respect life and cherish every minute of it, even if there’s suffering involved. I think it’s the humane thing to do. Euthanasia is something that I feel is morally wrong but I do condone it in cases of non- voluntary euthanasia such as Persistent Vegetative States (“PVS”). An example of PVS is the Terri Schiavo case. She was on a feeding tube for over fifteen years. Her husband who was her surrogate wanted to end her life a lot sooner. Her parents, on the other hand, thought that she maintained some sort of brain function and wanted to prolong her life. They disagreed with the husband which led to many court hearings and put the courts in a position to determine her fate. Fifteen years later, a court finally ruled in favor of the husband and the feeding tube was removed. There have been rare exceptions where patients in a PVS have come out of that state. However, the percentage is extremely low. According to The American Academy of Neurology, “…of the adults in a persistent vegetative state for three months after brain trauma, 35 percent will die within a year after the injury. Another 30 percent will go into a permanent vegetative state, 19 percent will recover with severe disabilities, and 16 percent will recover with a moderate or minimal disability. If they remain in a persistent vegetative state for six months, 32 percent will die, 52 percent will go on to a permanent vegetative state, 12 percent will

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