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Should Euthanasia Be Illegal?

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Should Euthanasia Be Illegal? By: Jasmine Saleh Euthanasia is defined as the act of killing for reasons of mercy. The government, physicians, and people across the United States and other countries have been debating the issue of legalizing euthanasia for years. Euthanasia should be banned and illegal in America and other nations. Euthanasia came to the public's attention in the western countries in 1870's. During 1920 in Germany, euthanasia began, and from 1921-1923, wounded German veterans were the first people to be put to death by euthanasia. After 1923, the practice was extended to other people who were handicapped and mentally retarded (Sloan, NP). In 1937, the Euthanasia Society of America was founded in New York City. When people refer to euthanasia, they may be discussing passive euthanasia, active euthanasia, or assisted suicide. Passive euthanasia occurs when medical treatment to prolong a terminally ill patient is discontinued and the patient is allowed to die. In active euthanasia, a physician or a family member takes a patient's life before he or she dies of a terminal illness or injury. Assisted suicide occurs when someone does a person's request for help in dying. Euthanasia is the practice of painlessly ending the lives of people who have incurable, painful, ore distressing diseases or handicaps (Bender, 12). People define euthanasia as "the act of practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly illness person or injured individuals in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy" (Bender, 12). ...read more.

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Since doctors still profit the hospital visits to their patients, people must recognize that there is a financial incentive to doctors to keep terminally ill patients alive. Euthanasia may destroy the trust of medical professions such as doctors and physicians. People could become frightened of their doctors and wouldn't think of them as their friends, but as their enemies. The citizens might fear that doctors are too eager to use the new techniques at their disposal and be scared away from proper health care. Widespread euthanasia might also serve to destroy the ethical image and trust of the medical profession. For instance, Dr. Jack Kevorkian let Janet Adkins, a 54-years old suffer of early Alzheimer's disease, pushed a button on a machine, which released lethal fluids into her body. He had administered death to dozens to other people, and several people now don't trust him anymore. A person on AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs says, "Allowing physicians to perform euthanasia for a limited group of patients who may truly benefit from it will present difficult line-drawing problems for medicine and society" (Pavone, 48). More than a few people who even want to die or doesn't want to die are put to death with euthanasia. Many people who attempt to take their own lives, and many who succeed really don't want to die, and their acts show that they are desperate for help. For example, in a legal case, a psychiatrist helped a depressed by physically healthy patient commit suicide (Cundiff, 13). ...read more.

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639-1202 Fax: (303) 639-1224 E-mail: hemlock@privatei.com Website: http://www/hemlock.org/hemlock Human Life International (HLI) opposes euthanasia and believes assisted suicide is morally unacceptable. It defends the rights of the unborn, the disabled, and mentally retarded threatened by euthanasia, and it provides education and support services. If people are interested in contacting this organization, they write to: Human Life International 4 Family Life Ln., Front Royal, VA 22630 (540) 635-7884 Fax: (540) 635-7363 E-mail: hli@hli.org Website: http://www.hli.org International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force (IAETF) opposes euthanasia, assisted suicide, and polices that threaten the lives of the medically vulnerable (Leone, 82). It publishes fact sheets and position papers on topics that relate with euthanasia. If a citizen is interested to contact with this task force, he writes to: International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force PO Box 760, Steubenville, OH 43952 (740) 282-3810 Email: info@iaetf.org Website: http://www.iaetf.org National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is an activist group that opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide. It publishes the monthly NRL News and the four-part position paper, Why We Shouldn't Legalize Assisting Suicide. If you'd like to contact them, write to: National Right to Life Committee 419 Seventh St., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 626-8800 E-mail: nrlc@nrlc.org Website: http://www.nrlc.org Many arguments opposing euthanasia have been provided; leaving people with no doubt that euthanasia is morally wrong and unacceptable for terminally ill patients. The euthanasia destroys how valuable life is, and destroys the society and the trust of the medical professions. Even though people who want to take their own lives, they don't really want to die and they are desperate for help. In conclusion, euthanasia should be forbidden and illegal in all countries. ...read more.

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