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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. With contradicting views and a strong argument on each side it is well placed for discussion. The term "Euthanasia" comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. Formally called 'mercy killing" it is the act of purposely making or helping someone die, instead of allowing nature to take its course. It can be done by a lethal injection or by simply switching of a life support machine. Euthanasia usually takes place to prevent a huge amount of suffering to terminally ill patients. It can be referred to as killing in the name of compassion. I have always found it difficult to look at loved ones suffer in pain and it is this experience that makes me feel that Euthanasia is acceptable in certain circumstances e.g. an incurable disease. It is unacceptable for a human to suffer when they can die peacefully; nevertheless everyone is going to die at one point. I feel that the government should consider revisiting the case of voluntary euthanasia which was dismissed in September 1991. Euthanasia can take place in five different ways all combined into one. ...read more.

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Others may argue that humans cannot guarantee that a patient is definitely going to die and that they may have a miraculous recovery which has happened on numerous occasions in the past. Although its unlikely and medical advances have proved correct 9 out of 10 times religion argues that we are loosing one human out of every ten due to euthanasia. Religion also teaches that God decides if a person deserves to be cured as a result of their prayers or because of their good actions and that his decision is final. As God is seen as all good he must be causing suffering for a particular reason and that he must see something good out of it. Euthanasia is stopping Gods wishes or disregarding him and in doing so we are causing ourselves to be sinned. We are seen as God's servants and thus have no right over one another. We are not owners of life, but its caretakers because we belong to God who has full right over us just like you have right over something you own. However this view can be argued from the contrary as it can be said that if God is all good then he would not cause relations and loved ones suffering when they see their family and friends in pain. ...read more.

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They may feel a burden to their family or may not understand their illness. A pro-longed life can be intolerable for people with a condition which leaves the brain alert but eventually shuts down all bodily functions and skills of communicating. People cannot be expected to live like this and the decision comes down to human morals. People believe that in these circumstances their legal representatives or close family should have the choice and the trust to let them live a prolonged life or to end their life and let them die with dignity. I believe that if the people involved can make the decision themselves then it could be morally acceptable. The Queen mother had also asked for the doctors to switch off the life support machine if she was ever terminally ill. This shows that euthanasia although illegal is still practiced by making it appear legal and not claiming that is was actually euthanasia. Everyday people sit in hospitals in agony due to a law which makes their easy peaceful death illegal. 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. Therefore voluntary euthanasia is what should be legalised and other forms banned. I feel that the government should not have a decision on the life of a patient wanting to die. If God sees it as wrong then it will be them punished not anyone else. Anish Acharya Discursive Essay- Euthanasia 3/03 ...read more.

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