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Discursive Essay on Euthanasia.

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Discursive Essay on Euthanasia What is euthanasia? The word euthanasia originates from the Greek language, meaning good death. It is any action intended in ending the life of a human being on the grounds that their life is no longer worth living. It also means a gentle and easy death, but is a premature ending to life necessarily the best thing to do? If you asked someone who is involved in caring for the terminally ill, they would probably disagree, but there are some people in this "modern" world who are fighting to make assisted suicide legal. This all started in the early nineteenth century. It was 1806, when Dr. Cristoph Hufeland, wrote that, "The physician should and may do nothing else but preserve the life. Whether it is valuable or not, that is none of his business. If he once permits such considerations to influence his action, the doctor will become the most dangerous man in the state" This just means that a doctor should only look after the patient and nothing else, he should not concern him-self with moral issues such as, if life is sacred or not. ...read more.

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She was one of the three who were wrongly helped to commit suicide. Rebecca had a history of alcohol abuse and had tried to commit suicide twice. Raymond Voet is a lawyer who strongly disagrees with what Jack is doing. His arguments are that Jack's patients are not in that much pain and are just depressed about being handicapped or being diagnosed as having a terminal illness. A part of me agrees with what Raymond says, but I still feel that some patients maybe truly in that much pain and suffering. There are many arguments for euthanasia. One of these arguments is that it is a quick and humane ending to someone's suffering and it is what he or she wants. It cannot always be in the best circumstances because of social ideas. Another dispute is that it can help to relieve and shorten the grief for the sufferers loved ones. It can also help people to realize that they can die with dignity. ...read more.

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People use this as an argument against the legalisation of euthanasia. One other argument is that a person may not be able to make a rational decision because of being depressed. A big argument against euthanasia is that old people might think that they are a burden to others, when they actually want to live on. This can be easily undiscovered when people like Jack talk to his patients. A religious argument is that euthanasia devalues life by making it disposable, many people claim that life is a gift from God and only God can take it away. Another argument against this case is that if there were better facilities for the dying, and then euthanasia would be less of a problem. Increasingly new ways of dying are being invented for use in euthanasia. The particular "death machine" that Dr. Death prefers to use, is a machine which firstly injects the patient with a tranquilliser which makes you partly unconscious then it relaxes your muscles then finally injects a substance which stops your heart beating. This is only one of the many ways you can die with the help of euthanasia. ...read more.

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