Essay on Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

788 Words Oct 11th, 2014 4 Pages
In today’s society, there are many ethical topics that are controversial. One in particular is euthanasia. Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. There are two types of euthanasia, active and passive. Active euthanasia is where the medical professional will actively do something that they know will kill the patient such as, lethal injection or medication. Passive euthanasia is where the medical professional won’t do something that is necessary to keep the patient alive. Then there is voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, which pertains to the patient’s knowledge of the medical professional’s intentions. Voluntary euthanasia is where the patient has requested to die and involuntary is where the action is carried out without the patient’s knowledge or consent. Many people have their own opinions on why euthanasia is either ethical or unethical and whether or not it should be legalized but euthanasia has both pros and cons. (“Facts About Euthanasia”, 1)
First we will discuss the pros of euthanasia. Many people feel that by legalizing euthanasia you are doing the patient a favor and showing them mercy. Whether the patient has requested to die after receiving a terminal diagnosis or the patient is in a vegetable state with no quality of life, some believe that we owe it to them to put them out of their misery. Their argument is that everyone deserves a right to die with dignity and it is inhumane to allow them to suffer.…

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