Should Euthanasia Be Legalized? Essay

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Euthanasia is one of the biggest and endless controversies of legal ethics, health care and religion of this decade, since the society is still intolerant about these issues regardless of the advantages that this act may bring. Yet, according to Lewis and Black (2013), “[c]ountries like Netherland, Belgium and Switzerland practice euthanasia but strictly follows a criterion that applies to an individual’s request for assisted dying” (p. 865). Legalization of euthanasia does not mean that it applies to everybody that wishes to undergo this procedure. It becomes a last option of people that are terminally ill. Euthanasia should be legalized because it gives dignity to the dying person, ends the physical, and emotional suffering of the family and prevents insufficient the use of government resources.
One of the reasons why euthanasia should be legalized is it provides dignity to the dying person. Hendry et al (2013) pointed “Loss of dignity, dependency on other people, loneliness and feeling oneself to be a burden were intolerable and were important reasons for considering assisted dying” (p.19). When a patient is terminally ill, their dignity is being degraded because of the loss of mobility and capability. Included in dignity is autonomy or making decision on oneself and preserving the body’s integrity. Giving autonomy to a dying person by making him or her choose for assisted suicide can improve the ill person’s dignity, this right makes the person decide for himself or…

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