The rights and wrongs of euthanasia.

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In my essay I will look at the rights and wrongs of euthanasia and look at it from the points of two different major religious groups. The first religion I will look at is Christianity. Christians believe that euthanasia is wrong because each persons suffering is caused because God believes that person has done something wrong and deserves to be punished. The second religion I will look are humanists. Humanists believe euthanasia is ok because no human being should have to suffer.

Euthanasia, which literally means "good death," may be defined as "a mode or act of inducing or permitting death painlessly as a relief from suffering." It is an effort to make possible a "gentle and easy death" for those afflicted with an incurable disease or injury in its terminal stages. It is beneficent euthanasia if, and only if, it results in a painless and quick death, and if the act as a whole is beneficial to the recipient.

Humanists say “To require that a person be kept alive against his will and to deny his pleas for merciful release after the dignity, beauty, promise, and meaning of life have vanished, when he can only linger on in stages of agony or decay, is cruel and barbarous. The imposition of unnecessary suffering is an evil that should be avoided by civilized society.

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We believe that our first commitment as human beings is to preserve, fulfill, and enhance life for ourselves and our fellow human beings. However, under certain conditions, a meaningful or significant life may no longer be possible. It is natural for human beings to hope that when that time comes they will be able to die peacefully and with dignity. When there is great distress and the end is inevitable, we advocate a humane effort to ease the suffering of ourselves and others, without moral or legal recriminations.

From an ethical viewpoint, death should be seen as part of a ...

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