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Euthanasia - is it right?

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Euthanasia- is it right? The issue of Euthanasia Is now being brought to our television screens on a regular basis and I feel it is one of the most interesting and widely debated issues in government today. Euthanasia a Greek word meaning 'easy death' is the act of purposely making or helping someone die, instead of allowing nature to take its cause. It usually takes place to prevent a huge amount of suffering to somebody who is terminally ill. It can be referred to as killing in the name of compassion. Euthanasia can take place in five different ways. It can either be 'voluntary', non-voluntary, involuntary, passive, or active. Voluntary euthanasia is helping somebody to die when the person has asked to end his or her life in order to avoid further suffering e.g. when a person is suffering from an incurable and painful illness. ...read more.

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However there are certain rules and requirements in order to give this drug to a patient. I strongly believe that everyone has the right to make their own decision on what they wish to do and therefore I personally only agree with voluntary euthanasia. One of the main reasons why euthanasia should be accepted is that it is much better to have an easy peaceful death than a long lingering painful one. Many terminally ill patients suffer with huge amounts of pain, which cannot be controlled as well as other distressing symptoms such as sickness, which cannot always be relieved by medicine. Euthanasia is a way of freeing these people. On the other hand it can be argued that euthanasia is a form of murder, which Is why it is illegal. It is also like 'playing God' to decide when a person's life should end and because God gave us life many religions argue that he alone has the right to decide when life should end. ...read more.

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Euthanasia devalues life making it something disposable. This in a way is betraying God and showing that you do not care. This is also in a way betraying God, which is very wrong in the eyes of religious people. However people should be freed from their suffering and as God is good and all knowing he would approve of putting somebody out of their misery. I have always supported euthanasia because when I see terminally ill patients suffering I feel that they should be given an easy death. Many will argue that the elderly should be looked after and cared for, not got rid of. However euthanasia is not a way of getting rid of someone but actually only freeing them of the immense pain which doctors know they are going through. In conclusion, I accept that euthanasia is 'playing God' however I agree with it simply because I feel that people should not suffer and should die peacefully only if they wish. Anish Acharya Discursive Essay- Euthanasia 1/03 ...read more.

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