Essay on The And Euthanasia

1036 Words Nov 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Timshel
John Steinbeck wrote that “The Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.” This freedom of choice applies to all matters in life. People of sound minds, especially the terminally ill, should have the right to choose whether to continue living as they are or die with dignity.
In order to address this topic, one must first understand the basics of euthanasia. There are several different kinds, including voluntary, non-voluntary, and involuntary. Distinguishing between these types is incredibly important. Of the three, voluntary, in which the patient chooses euthanasia, is the most ethical. Non-voluntary, which means the person cannot refuse or accept the treatment, is also acceptable in certain situations, but involuntary is not. Involuntary euthanasia occurs when a patient expressed wishes not to be euthanized but is killed anyway. People should have the right to choose their own fate, and it is unethical for others to go against their wishes, especially in such dire matters. Luckily, a patient who wishes to ensure that his or her wishes are enforced can create a document called a living will. This document specifies the actions he or she want taken in the event that he or she cannot make decisions. According to Kathlyn Gay in The Right to Die, patients who are “terminally…

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