Euthanasia is the Greek word for “good death.” It is also known as mercy killing. It is the action of ending a life that suffers from a terminal illness or an incurable disease, usually by a lethal injection. Except for in the Netherlands and Belgium, euthanasia is illegal. Euthanasia has now been legalized in Oregon. Washington and Montana has only legalized assisted suicide, which is different from euthanasia. Advocates of euthanasia claim that ending the pain and suffering of the terminally-ill patients by euthanasia is a humane process. The ill do not need to needlessly suffer. They have (or should have) the right to end their own lives. The opposers of legalizing euthanasia say that it is murder. Euthanasia violates the Hippocratic
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My reasons are that euthanasia is morally wrong and unjust. People might abuse their right to euthanasia, people with prejudices today might influence and cause problems with the euthanasia. This might also cause misunderstandings between people, a wrong message may be sent out to people. Despite any of the good things that might come out of euthanasia, I still believe that we shouldn’t allow it.
My first reason that euthanasia should not be allowed is because prejudices may influence and cause problems with it. My article that I chose to support this reason is called “Unspeakable Conversations” by Harriet McBryde Johnson. Harriet suffered from a muscle wasting disease. Her spine was deformed due to her muscles not being able to hold her body up. She is confined to a wheelchair. For 25 years she has been an advocate and an activist for disabled rights. Despite her struggles in life, she likes living. “But most often the reactions are decidedly negative. Some strangers on the street are moved to comment: I admire you for being out; most people would give up. God bless you! I’ll pray for you! You don’t let the pain hold you back, do you? If I had to live like you, I think I’d kill myself.” (Johnson-February 16, 2003) Professor Peter Singer is an influential philosopher. He has written a book on animal rights and yet he thinks that killing cognitive impaired