The Pros And Forms Of Euthanasia

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Background
Forms of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide have been a very controversial and widely-debated over topic for years. This occurrence, more sensitively called “aid in dying”, is when a doctor or trained medical professional administers a form of lethal medication which ends the recipient’s life. In the majority of cases, it is voluntary; the recipient has a terminal illness or is in such an extreme state of physical or, in some cases, mental sickness that they want to shorten their suffering. However, there is also involuntary euthanasia. This would be seen in the event of a brain-dead individual, or someone who is ill enough that they cannot make that choice for themselves. Both forms of euthanasia are extremely controversial
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The specification of it being voluntary requires that the recipient be lucid and fully consenting to the procedure. It has to come at the formal request of the recipient. One of the biggest concerns with the legalization of euthanasia is it creating a “slippery slope” that begins to accept involuntary euthanasia. Doctors can claim that the patient requested it before they became unresponsive, and carry out the procedure without consent from the recipient. It could begin the notion that there are some human lives that aren 't worth living, and that would be grounds to end lives without direct consent. This idea has been represented in Dutch euthanasia practices. Although the recipient is required to be lucid and active in the process of the euthanasia, only about half of the 9,000 performed were voluntary. The other half were performed based on omission, performed on the grounds that their life was no longer worth living (Watt; “Euthanasia: Unpacking the …show more content…
However, this is a practice that should be legalized for a wide variety of reasons. The most important reason for legalization is respect towards those who have been diagnosed with incurable illnesses. If someone truly wants to end their life after being diagnosed with an illness that condemns them to a few frail months of pain and inability, who is justified to take that right away from them? People with a true and real desire to end their lives will find a way, sadly enough. Dying is a natural human right, and while it’s seen as “honorable” for someone to live their life until it’s taken from them, it is also within their rights to decide how and when they die, if that becomes the case. Although physician assisted suicide should be legal, there should be limits. In order for someone to request end-of-life medications, they should have been checked in full by a qualified medical professional. They first must be diagnosed with an incurable bodily illness, such as late-stage cancer, or an incurable mental illness, such as PTSD. Such severe illnesses have the tendency to greatly reduce quality of life and cause immeasurable pain and suffering to the victim. They can no longer live their lives the way they once did, and they’re limited to an inconceivable and painful existence, where they must be given a mixture of strong medications in order to stop hurting even a

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