Should Euthanasia Be Legal For A Short Time? Essay

1406 Words Nov 9th, 2016 6 Pages
The word euthanasia comes from a combination of two Greek words ‘eu’ meaning good and ‘thanatos’ meaning death. The ancient Greeks viewed illness as a bothersome affliction and allowed sick individuals to seek the approval of the state to commit suicide. According to Plato, Socrates considered the agony of painful disease and suffering as just reasons not to “cling to life.” A variety of terms have been used to describe good death including mercy killing, assisted suicide and Physician assisted suicide. Euthanasia gives an individual whose life has turned into a constant and hopeless cycle of pain the only freedom he or she still has, to leave this world with dignity. An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people suffering. Euthanasia was legal for a short time in Northern Australia. The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 was passed by the Legislative Assembly in 1995 but effectively overturned in 1997 by the Federal Parliament. As of June 2016, human euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Canada, and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont, Montana, and California. First of all human beings should have the right to decide when and how to die. Also it is inhumane to refuse someone who is suffering unbearably and finally there is overwhelming public support for legislation to be changed.
First of all voluntary euthanasia is moral and…

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