Essay on The Controversy Over Aid For Dying

794 Words Nov 29th, 2014 4 Pages
Since humans or animals are born the instinct of survival and caring for others is activated. Regardless of age, gender or race, each individual is entitled to his or her self-preservation. The innate that every human life is precious and the duty to maintain personal welfare is unconsciously known and has been preserved through generations. Also, it is morally sound to say that we also have a responsibility to avoid inflicting harm towards others, whether the person is known or are total strangers. This instinct has existed since humans inhabited the earth, but science has changed this with the practice of “painless killing” of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma known as euthanasia” (commonweal). “The controversy over aid-in-dying, involves not a single practice, but at least three: (1) forgoing or ceasing artificial life support in cases of terminal illness; (2) providing a terminally ill person with the means to end his or her life after the person has requested such help; and (3) actively causing a terminally ill person 's death, most commonly by injection of lethal drugs or asphyxiation”(Worsnop). Everyone dreads dying alone, incapacitated and in excruciating pain. But should a person in such circumstances have the right to decide their own fate by committing suicide with medical assistance? The question has been debated among religious leaders, jurists,medical ethicists and society. Some believed that this is a…

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