Essay about The Ethical Dilemma of Euthanasia

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The Ethical Dilemma of Euthanasia


An incredibly controversial issue clouds the minds of millions of people everyday as death confronts them. The problem revolves around the ethics of euthanasia. Should medical assisted suicide be outlawed in all situations or under certain circumstances, could it be considered ethical? Do humans violate nature’s course with science and advanced technology by playing God? Why should doctors and families witness their loved ones suffer when the solution of euthanasia promises a painless death? Authors Andrea E. Richardson and David Miller of the articles “Death with Dignity: The Ultimate Human Right” and “From Life to Death in a Peaceful Instant” reflect upon their experiences and feelings
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Current medical treatment remains unnecessary for many patients and may sometimes be detrimental to their quality of life. “At this point of time, extraordinary covers treatments such as ventilators, high risk surgery with low chance of success, feeding tubes, and multiple organ transplants”(Richardson, 43). When one considers this, one must wonder about the necessity of such procedures.

People choosing their fate has been demonstrated through the terrible tragedy of September 11. Richardson goes on to discuss how the people trapped inside the buildings chose how they wanted to die. They either stayed in the burning building or jumped out the window, refusing to let the terrorists win. Why can’t the terminally ill choose their fate and die with dignity like some of the victims of 9/11? “Saving the patient shouldn’t be the sole measure of a physician’s success”(Richardson, 43). Patients' desires and feelings should be respected and not overlooked.

David Miller in “From Life to Death in a Peaceful Instant” speaks about the hardships and trauma that his grandmother experienced after being diagnosed with emphysema. The disease contributed to her inability to use her neck muscles, to breath, and to speak. Miller doubts the doctors’ judgment in keeping such a person, who’s both suffering and serving no purpose to the world, alive.

Miller argues the…

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