Voluntary Active Euthanasia Essay

1009 Words Oct 3rd, 2008 5 Pages
What is morally permissible?
Voluntary Active Euthanasia is a controversial subject, Does one have the right to end their own life? According to Peter Singer in “Voluntary Euthanasia: A utilitarian Perspective,” Voluntary Active Euthanasia is morally permissible under certain circumstances. If and only if certain requirements are met by certain parties can the process of voluntary active euthanasia be completed.
Certain situations where Voluntary Active Euthanasia is morally permissible include; mental illness and terminal illness. The first case would be a 50 year old woman who is severely depressed with no physical illness. This woman has suffered her whole life from depression, taken numerous treatments and has failed to find a cure.
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He uses the evidence stated throughout his paper to prove that legalizing euthanasia does not necessarily lead to the slippery slope. “Hence it seems that, on utilitarian grounds, the legalization of voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide would be a desirable form,” (Singer 541). Singer implies that Voluntary Active Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is an acceptable way to end life. It is a more enticing way to go then suicide. Suicide is looked down upon when euthanasia is not.


Peter Singers Argument is Deductively invalid. Throughout the argument Singer “Fulfils Prophesies,”# by saying I can think. Singer is telling himself that he can only think of one reason so therefore he only lets himself think of one reason. Killing another human being is wrong. Whether the one being euthanized is by voluntary consent or not. As human beings, who are we to play “God” and decide who lives and who dies? If we as human beings were meant to decide who lives and who dies and when or where they die then, we would have that decision as a natural (born with it) ability. Killing any human being is not morally permissible under any circumstances.
I do agree with the arguments conclusion. Seeing the statistics of where voluntary active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is legal, gives proof that it does not always lead to the slippery slope. An individual has the right to decide what they want to…

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