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The pros, and what is wrong with the cons, of Euthanasia.

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The pros, and what is wrong with the cons, of Euthanasia By Peter Banks Those who oppose euthanasia speak much about the sanctity of life. But what sanctity is there in a 'life' without dignity? "Euthanasia" comes from two Greek words meaning "good death." In practice, it has come to mean assisted suicide of those who are old or sick. Worldwide, support for the practice appears to be increasing. Vigorous efforts for legalisation are proceeding in numerous countries. The Dutch have now legalised 'mercy killing' after many years of unofficial toleration. In the USA, euthanasia has been legalised in Oregon since 1998. Reasons given in support of euthanasia include honouring the civil rights of an individual to choose death over an unacceptable quality of life and a need for providing a means for death with dignity, often with the motive of not weighing down loved ones. Supporters often quote a report from the Oregon Health Division for the year 2000, which states that 65% of those committing suicide mention fear of being a 'burden on family, friends or caregivers'1 as a reason for their decision. ...read more.

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For example, in the Hippocratic Oath, the following ethic will be deemed 'useless' if euthanasia becomes widespread in the UK: "I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to any patient . . . "3 Once the medical profession loses its ethics, what is going to stop them from administering overdoses to the 'unwanted' without their consent? Look at the example from the Dutch. A 1991 Dutch government study stated that in 1990, nearly 6,000 of the 130,000 people who died in the Netherlands were involuntary euthanasia cases. But that was Holland, not the UK. I think this argument is easily overcome. Would it not be simple to devise a system to prevent this? Even if it was only a document that had to be signed by the patient, the doctor who carried it out and a member of the patient's family verifying that it is the patients wishes for euthanasia to be carried out. ...read more.

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Is it not their decision? Is it not their right to decide on an issue as large as life? How would you feel if, on the best day of your life, somebody came along and said you are not allowed to live? This is similar to what we are doing to these people. They, on some of the worst days of their lives, want a way out. Death, for them, is that way. Death is their last option. You want to live. They want to die. Who are we to say they can't? Think about it. 761 words, 62 lines. Sources: http://www.nvve.nl/english/ (Euthanasia in Holland. True facts about euthanasia and assisted suicide in Holland.) http://www.prolifeinfo.org/euthanasia.html (Information in euthanasia and assisted suicide by the Ultimate Pro-Life Resource List.) http://www.dfl.org.za/press/03_april_2000_euthanasia.html (Media release following the release of the annual Oregon health report in 2000) http://www.ohd.hr.state.or.us/chs/pas/pas.htm (Oregon health reports, including reports on the 'Death with Dignity Act' for the past four years.) ...read more.

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