Euthanasia: Do We Have a Right to Choose Life or Death? Essay

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With the growing media attention, Euthanasia has become a huge controversy that is split down the middle. The subject of euthanasia goes back several hundred years but has received much attention in the past century and is still a huge issue. Let’s take a look at what exactly euthanasia is, the history, my views on the subject, and society’s arguments for and against it.
According to euthanasia.com, euthanasia is “the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit”. There are four different types of euthanasia and two different ways in which it can be carried out. The different types are: voluntary euthanasia (request to be killed), non-voluntary euthanasia (no request or consent)
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I am for euthanasia because I feel that if I am ever in a situation where I am in excruciating pain, drugged to the point that I do not know myself or my loved ones, and confined to a bed with people waiting on me hand-and-foot because I cannot care for myself, I would want to put an end to it. The last things I want to be are a burden on others and accrue massive amounts of debt. I would not want a life, either, that is in a coma, vegetative state, brain-dead, or on life support. Living in these conditions, are no way for a person to obtain their goal of happiness. Euthanasia allows the person to end their suffering and it makes it easier on the family and friends. Family and friends will be able to cope knowing that the person they love is no longer suffering and they will not have to sit around worrying and just waiting. My grandmother was suffering from Diabetes, which turned into Gangrene, so she was in excruciating pain and had to have her leg amputated. She was dying in front of her husband, children, and grandchildren. My mom said that if euthanasia was an option, she would have chosen it because the doctors wanted to keep cutting her open and removing more and more of her leg, even though they knew that nothing would be able to help her. She died a slow and painful death, which I would not want for myself or anyone else, and it…

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