Adam Mansour Kate Spence April 4, 2014 !!
Euthanasia The Right to Die
! Euthanasia is the intentional cessation of an intolerable life by means involving
minimal pain. This can involve injection of deadly doses of drugs or simply removing life-
support. The end of life issue tends to bring out our deeply held convictions, about life
and about death and about who has ultimate control of them. While addressing such an
issue one has to acknowledge the three pillars supporting the need of change,
compassion, dignity or autonomy and secularism, and what all of these might say about
our society's attitude toward the vulnerable and the dying.
Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland, although in
Switzerland the only thing that is legal is assisted suicide and the patient must help with
the administration of the drug. Currently, most states in the union do not allow this
practice, though there're some exceptions. Oregon has passed the death with dignity act,
upheld by the supreme court which legalizes Euthanasia under very specific
circumstances. Texas allows for physicians to withdraw life-support in terminally ill
patients. In other states, though, Euthanasia is completely outlawed. The majority of
doctors in the United States still indicate that they vehemently advocate for no life-
support. On the other hand, intentionally ending an intolerable life is still a very
controversial among them.
When does Euthanasia usually occur? Usually, individuals are targeted for
Euthanasia, when they're in a deep coma. What is life like in a coma? A coma is defined
as a deep state of unconsciousness, when individuals fail to respond to stimuli. Its hard to
determine how severe a coma is by brain scans. Its better to judge an individual response
to a specific stimulus, to determine how unconscious an individual brain activity is (The
When determination is made, family or loved ones could decide what the next step
would be in case of passive euthanasia, which is hastening the death of a person by
altering some form of support and letting nature take its course. Examples include such
things as turning off respirators, halting medications, discontinuing food and water so as
to allowing a person to dehydrate or starve to death, or failure to resuscitate (The Legal
Active Euthanasia, Far more controversial, involves causing the death of a person
through a direct action, in response to a request from that person (The Legal Dictionary).
In the article "Active and Passive Euthanasia," James Rachels argues that active
euthanasia is not morally worse than passive euthanasia. He thinks that many people
believe the former to be morally worse than the latter, because they think that killing is
morally worse than letting die. and I agree with Rachels for medical intervention now
means that we live longer, but sometimes to point that it became a prolonged and
daunting process from which we plead to be released....