Ending the life of a critically ill person by lethal injection is known as Euthanasia or “mercy-killing”. The Greek word Euthanasia’s meaning is good death, “eu” meaning good, and “thanasia”, meaning death.( B.A. Robinson) The right of death by lethal injection should be the choice of the person whom wants this process done, not the doctors or the society, in which this is called immoral. When only having so long to live and having to live that small amount of time in severe pain there should be an option for the patient to choose Euthanasia. This option would help those who are in sound mind and only have a small pain filled time left on the earth, to be free from the pain that the illness is causing them.
The Gallup Organization in the United States revealed that 75percent of the United States population is in favor of this practice of Euthanasia. (Abhijit Naik) The states that have provisions for Euthanasia in their judicial system include Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Texas. (Naik) Religion and race have a major role in the opinion on wither Euthanasia should be allowed or banned from certain states or even the Untied Stated as a whole. The other 25 percent of the population is against Euthanasia and think that the choice to die is only Gods decision.
Out of the millions of people that attend church weekly, only about thirty-three percent of them think that Euthanasia is morally acceptable. While forty-eight percent of people who attend church near weekly feel that Euthanasia is acceptable. (Author Unknown) The Bible states, “Thou shall not murder” (Exodus 20:12-15) with this in mind numerous people consider the performance of Euthanasia manslaughter, even though the person who is desiring to be Euthanized insists that it be carried out, they still consider it to be wrong because of their views, not because it is beneficial for the ill person.
One of the extremely well-known doctors whom had experience in Euthanasia was Doctor Jack Kevorkian, or known by his rather popular name “Doctor Death”. Doctor Kevorkian created a machine known as the thanatron, a device that had a trigger so the patient could press the button themselves. The contraption was made out of household items, toys, magnets, and electrical wires, which all worked together to make the thanatron able to do the job Doctor Kevorkian had intended it to carry out. (Frontline) Doctor Kevorkian appeared on the “Donahue” show, to show off his machine and proceeded to state that it was a painless and humane way to end the lives of the patients that had participated in using the thanatron. (Frontline) After video tapping one of the patents that used the thanatron die, he was convicted for murder and had to serve 10-25 years in prison, eight years after his conviction, he was granted parole after stating that he would not practice Euthanasia again.
Amongst the various varieties of Euthanasia the...