Should Euthanasia Be Legal? Essay

1177 Words Apr 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Should Euthanasia be legal in all of the United States? Euthanasia is defined as “the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering,” (Merriam-Webster, 2016). There are two different types of euthanasia: involuntary and voluntary. Voluntary euthanasia is When the person who is killed has requested to be killed. Involuntary euthanasia is when a person undergoes the procedure who would be able to provide informed consent, but does not, either because they do not want to die, or because they were not asked. The positives of euthanasia being legalized are that fatally ill people can die without suffering and pass away with their dignity. The main problems with euthanasia being legalized are that it is likely to be abused and sick individuals could easily be taken advantage of by their friends and families due to them having ulterior motives. (Pros and Cons, 2014)
Immanuel Kant does not agree with the legalization of euthanasia because it goes against the categorical imperative that he talks about in his Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals. He explains that people should “act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law”. In simpler terms he means that a rule can only be morally permissible if and only if it can be applied to situations by everyone, everywhere, and at all times. If the rule cannot be applied in such a way that it cannot be a universal law and…

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