Assisted Suicide Essay

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Assisted Suicide In the dictionary definition of euthanasia it describes it as an act of causing death painlessly, so as to end suffering. The actual word comes from two Greek words whose literal meaning is “well death”. Euthanasia has come a long way from its history, to the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the present day Vatican City in February 2000 and to the many different reflections on it from all different people. Euthanasia is a very controversial topic that has been addressed many different times. Euthanasia has been practiced throughout history and in many different cultures. Many people believe that one form of euthanasia was in Nazi Germany. The Nazis would make people believe that they would be …show more content…
They believe that it is the patients right if they want to continue on through their illness or if they want to end the prolonging series of medical treatments. As the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said in response to these proposals was that nothing and no one can permit the killing of an innocent human being. Whether it is a fetus or an embryo all the way to someone suffering from an incurable disease. The main argument is that only God can decide when someone is ready to pass on. We cannot make that decision. Legalizing euthanasia would violate our American beliefs that proclaim our inalienable rights to “ life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
At the Vatican on May 5, 1980 Pope John Paul II approved the Declaration on
Euthanasia. In this Declaration the value of human life, the meaning of suffering for Christians and the use of painkillers, and the due proportion in the use of remedies were all discussed and answered many critical questions. Human life is seen in Christians’ eyes as the gift of God’s love. Life is given to us by God to live in accordance with His plan. The Declaration also stated that suicide, abortion, and euthanasia is as wrong as murder, and would be considered an act of rejection of God’s love for us. Everyone’s duty is to live his or her life in accordance to God’s plan or will. In ancient times euthanasia was thought of as mercy killings. The

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