Pro Euthanasia Research Paper

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There are many diseases with limited treatments or no cures that often leave patients in a terminal, end-of-life state. At this point, there is little that can be done, other than relieve existing symptoms and wait until death approaches. As an alternative to these processes, doctors can consider performing assisted suicide, otherwise known as euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as a procedure in which a certified medical professional injects lethal doses of medication to a patient upon consent (Nunes). However, euthanasia is currently illegal in the US and has sparked an ongoing controversy among doctors, patients, and health officials. Should the US legalize euthanasia by medical professionals in cases of terminally ill patients? This paper analyzes two positions pertaining to the moral issues of this debate. First, legalizing euthanasia would remove patients from pain, enforce patient autonomy, and prevent further unnecessary treatment. The second position is the argument that euthanasia should remain illegal because of its ethical concerns, potential for abuse, and substantial impact on patient social well-being.

Pro-Euthanasia: Euthanasia should be legalized Legalizing euthanasia will end patient suffering
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Euthanasia laws should implement specific requirements regarding age limits, type of disease, and valid patient consent to ensure it is used for the right reasons. Doctors should perform several psychological tests and evaluations in advance to confirm that euthanasia is in the best interest of the patient. Ultimately, it is immoral to leave terminal patients suffering. It is also against the patient’s autonomous rights to refuse to provide them with the care they wish for. Euthanasia must be legalized to preserve patient dignity, promote the freedom of choice, and put an end to intractable

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