Should Euthanasia Be Allowed The Autonomy? Essay

1166 Words May 26th, 2016 5 Pages
Drawing The Flatline: Separating Euthanasia from Murder
At the end of their medical school careers, new doctors take an oath that is steeped in one of the oldest moral principles, “though shalt not kill” (Medical Ethics, 7). As a result, one of the most controversial topics within this realm is that of active euthanasia because the direct physician action in patient death strongly resembles murder and breaks the Hippocratic Oath. However, because the oath also notes that treatment should be administered in accordance with the patient’s best interest, the line between euthanasia and murder can become blurred if dying through active euthanasia would provide the least amount of harm to the patient. Moreover, due to the severity and often demoralizing nature of their conditions, supporters of euthanasia argue that patients should be allowed the autonomy to end their life, which is a human right that they cannot be denied. Therefore, if the patient faces a future of unbearable pain and suffering without treatment, the request to die is voluntary (or consent is given in non-voluntary cases), and keeping the patient alive would be more harmful than allowing death, active voluntary and involuntary euthanasia should be permissible because it is the only option that provides a small benefit to the patient.
One of the biggest questions raised when discussing euthanasia is whether or not it can be in a person’s best interest to die. To answer this question, consider the Netherlands, one…

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