J. Gay-Williams: The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia. Essay

802 Words Jun 12th, 2003 3 Pages
William Gay 's feeling about euthanasia is that the idea of Euthanasia is not the practice a lot but it is slowly gaining acceptance within our society. According to Cynics there is an increasing tendency to devalue human life, but William Gay don 't believe this is the major factor. The acceptance of Euthanasia is much more likely to be the result of unthinking gentleness and showing kindness. He wants to show that euthanasia is wrong and it is inherently wrong, but it is also wrong judged from the standpoints of self-interest and of practical effects. He defines Euthanasia as, "an essential aspect of euthanasia is that it involves taking a human life, either one 's own or that of another. Also, the person whose life is taken must be …show more content…
Modern medicine has high standards of excellence and a proven record of accomplishment, but it does not possess perfect and complete knowledge. A mistaken diagnosis is possible, and so is a mistaken prognosis. Consequently, many believe that they are dying of a disease when, as a matter of fact, they may not be. They may think that they have no hope of recovery when, as a matter of fact, their chances are quite good. In such circumstances, if euthanasia were permitted,

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