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Should mercy killing be legalised?

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Vivien Tan 1034 Should Mercy Killing be legalized? Mercy killing otherwise known, as euthanasia has been a central issue subjected to heated debate. As a concept easy to understand, it is the act of killing someone painlessly. Proponents of mercy killing have questioned the quality of life experienced by the patients as well as the financial and emotional burden upon the family. Detractors have discredited the acceptance of euthanasia arguing along the prospects if miracle recoveries that could occur if one were kept alive. It is difficult to reconcile these two seemingly contrasting perspectives or to measure them on a similar scale. The underlying rationale for mercy killing lies in the quality of the patient's life. The value of human existence is to be able to enjoy life, and the enjoyment of life can only be experienced in a state of a conscious being. Hence, unconscious patients living off life support systems are unable to truly enjoy life. The definition of life should not merely constitute biological existence but also the conscious existence that actually brings purpose and meaning to their life. ...read more.

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This would compromise the patient's right to life. There have also been cases of miracle recoveries in seemingly incurable conditions. Mercy killing would eliminate all possibilities at hand; no matter now slight a potential successful recovery. The termination of life would be a hefty risk to take. However, this is subjected to different points of views. If we were to approach it from a non-atheist point of view, then life would be perceived as a divine gift. Hence, the individual has no right to take his own life, as it was never his to begin with. Thus, on a religious level, the right to life can be seen as sacred leading us to the necessary conclusion that mercy killing should not be legalized. Although legalizing mercy killing would open another avenue for low-income families, but it would result in other implications. Its existence may be seen as an immense propensity for abuse. In certain situations, family of the patient may pressure that individual to decide to go through euthanasia to rid them of a financial burden or to gain access to their inheritance. ...read more.

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By implementing this, humans would have an easier alternative and this would cause many to give up on their lives easily. The decision of euthanasia lies entirely in the hands of the individual and this would mean that the patient's loved ones has no say in this matter. Parents would be left helpless but to accept the fact that their child has decided to go through euthanasia. The restriction of the right to have a say in this matter leaves many vulnerable to whatever decision that individual has made. A person's life does not revolve around himself, but it also affects the people around him. And hence leaving no say to his loved ones makes it disheartening for the people around him. With euthanasia, one would be likely to have less endurance and resort to the easy way out, escapism. Euthanasia is a form of taking your own life away, which coincides with the definition of suicide. How indifferent are these two entities? Perhaps, euthanasia is just a scientific way of putting across the idea of suicide and therefore I feel that it should not be legalized. ...read more.

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