The Pros And Cons Of Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide
Should euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, be legalized? The term euthanasia is of Greek origin, Eu meaning "good" and Thanatos meaning "death". It is defined as the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy. It is a worldwide topic that is highly debatable. Assisted suicide contains many diverse practices, most of which are illegal in many countries. No matter how it is carried out, or the restrictions that are in place, many say it goes against their beliefs, both moral and religious.
Euthanasia is classified in many different ways, the two main classifications being active and passive euthanasia. World of Health states that “The term positive, or active, euthanasia involves any direct intervention to cause death, such as injecting a lethal drug of participating in a form of assisted suicide in which another person provides the means for the patient to die”. Those who are terminally ill choose to take a lethal dose of drugs to end their life painlessly. A doctor does not always have to administer the drugs, they can also …show more content…
“By the late 1950’s, significant medical and technological advances made it feasible to maintain terminally ill and permanently unconscious patients for a much longer period of time than previously possible, but this raised certain quality of life issues” (Simon,Euthanasia and the Right). Those that support assisted suicide and euthanasia agree that everyone should get the choice to have a death with dignity. World of Health states that opponents argue that active euthanasia brings with it the risk that society may become more tolerant of killing, eventually making involuntary killing and killing for the societal convenience acceptable. Killing has always been morally wrong and euthanasia tends to test those