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Arguments against euthanasia.

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Arguments Against Euthanasia Religious arguments Euthanasia is against the word of god Religious people don't argue that we can't kill ourselves, or get others to do it. They know that we can do it because God has given us free will. Their argument is that it would be wrong to do so. They believe that every human being is the creation of God, and that this inflicts certain limits on us. To kill oneself, or to get someone else to do it for us, is to deny God. It is denying God's rights over lives and his right to choose the length of people's lives and the way the lives end. Euthanasia ruins purity of life There are two main reasons why people think we shouldn't kill human beings. All human beings should be valued equally, regardless of age, sex, or race. Human life is sacred, as it is a gift from God, so it should not be ruined. Therefore the deliberate taking of human life should be forbidden except in self-defence. Voluntary euthanasia leads to involuntary euthanasia People worry that if voluntary euthanasia is legalized, soon involuntary euthanasia would be started. This might lead to matters getting worse. ...read more.

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The patient might not want euthanasia A serious problem for supporters of euthanasia are the number of cases in which a patient may ask for euthanasia, or feel obliged to ask for it, when it isn't in their best interest. a. The diagnosis is wrong and the patient is not terminally ill. b. The prognosis (the doctor's prediction as to how the disease will progress) is wrong and the patient is not going to die soon. c. The patient is getting bad medical care and their suffering could be relieved by other means. d. The patient's request for euthanasia is actually a 'cry for help'. e. The patient is depressed and so believes things are much worse than they are. f. The patient is confused and unable to make sensible judgements g. The patient has an unrealistic fear of the pain that lies ahead h. The patient is feeling vulnerable i. The patient feels that they are a worthless burden on others j. The patient feels that their sickness is causing unbearable grief to their family k. The patient is under pressure from other people to feel that they are a burden. l. The patient is under pressure because of a shortage of resources to care for them. ...read more.

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It would also discourage the search for new cures aand treatments for the terminally ill. Doctors would have too much power 'Doctors should not be able to play the role of God.' Doctors should not be the people who decide when you die. No matter how strictly regulated, euthanasia puts doctors in an unacceptable position of power. Doctors have been known to not follow these decisions, and disobey the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the Royal College of Nursing. Palliative Care Palliative care is one of the most ignored issues in the whole debate. The terminally ill want pain relief, not an end to life. In America there are 31,000 annual suicides, of which only 2 to 4 per cent are by people who are terminally ill. Palliative care is fairly new, but has been increasingly used in the recent years. Yet it still hasn't been used to its full extent. In most cases palliative care can be used to relieve or stop suffering. Finally, if euthanasia becomes legal and accepted by the community, there will less interest in palliative care and the care of the elderly. Conclusion For these and other reasons, euthanasia, or assisted-killing, should never be legalised. Instead, more effort should be put into reducing pain, not killing the sufferer. Euthanasia spoils lives and rights, but encourages killing! ...read more.

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