This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Euthanasia Ends Suffering Essay

2813 words - 11 pages

Euthanasia Ends Suffering

 

      Death is deeply personal, generally feared, and wholly inescapable, but medical technology now can prolong our biological existence virtually indefinitely, and, with these advances, comes the question of whether we should pursue the extension of life in all cases.  Most people would agree that, under certain circumstances, it would be preferable to cease our hold on life.  Nearly everyone can agree that there are situations when terminally ill patients have the right to call for a halt to life-extending treatments, and that their physicians will have the moral obligation to comply.  What appears to be quite difficult for us as a society to come to terms with is the thought that someone would actively intervene in the "natural" process of the death of another human being.  Why is it tolerable, even desirable, to intervene (with decidedly unnatural technology) in the "natural" process of death when it results in extending life, but intolerable and morally abhorrent when we act to speed the patient to his or her unavoidable death?

        Certain members of society see active euthanasia as "killing," where passive euthanasia is viewed in the more favorable light of "letting one die".  My question is this: how are the two morally different?  Examine the following case:
 
        Perry L. was a nineteen-year-old who played in a local band, loved the outdoors, and planned to become a doctor.  One night in 1989 while driving a skidoo he ran headlong into a tree.  Perry no longer has any cognitive abilities, he does not recognize anyone that he once knew, he cannot communicate in any way, and he has no meaningful control over his body or its functions.  Perry will never recover any of his lost abilities and he will never leave the hospital.  His family has been impacted in ways no one could have foreseen; his parents have divorced as a direct result of this accident and his only brother refuses to visit, insisting that his brother died in 1989.  Perry was kept alive long enough for his critical injuries to heal, allowing him to recover the ability to breath unassisted once weaned off a respirator.  This means that he will continue to live, if one can call his existence living, for years to come.
 
        Perry's mother, who refused the suggestion of "letting him die" while her son was comatose, acknowledges that he would not have wanted to live in his present condition.  She refused the suggestion of letting him die while he was comatose, by her own admission, because she could not accept the guilt she felt at the thought of his slow death from starvation (which is the commonly accepted, and legally permissible, form of passive euthanasia).  Had the more humane option of active euthanasia been available, she would have chosen that path for her son.  When one sees Perry, one has to ask in whose best interest was it that he was saved? What possible good can be said to have been...

Find Another Essay On Euthanasia Ends Suffering

The Ethics of Euthanasia Essay

1417 words - 6 pages prevent a patient's death. Taking a patient off life support is an example of this. There is also voluntary euthanasia, where a patient requests to die by their choice of active or passive euthanasia. Nonvoluntary euthanasia is when the patient whose life is ended is not capable of making a request to die. Occasionally voluntary euthanasia is confused with assisted suicide. These two are not the same because in assisted suicide, the patient ends his

Euthanasia Essay

1570 words - 6 pages not simply a question of ending someone's life but the important question is how that person's life ends. (Kohl 1975) If someone can choose euthanasia, they don't have to think about the worry and the suffering only. They can also focus on the things they really want to do, like taking a last trip, or making up a fight with someone in the family, or saying goodbye. The pressure on that person becomes lighter when they know they won't have to go on

Euthanasia Moral Isuue in the United States

2040 words - 8 pages Every day thousands of people are turning to a controversial practice for solving their health problems. This unique “practice that ends the individuals life that is suffering from a terminal illness, disease, or an incurable condition by the means of lethal injection” (Emanuel) thus ceasing the persons life is called Euthanasia. Euthanasia is also referred to as a mercy killing, which is, “the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to

A Cry for Mercy

1596 words - 6 pages those opposed view it as murder and often cite religious sources (“Euthanasia.” Issues). There are several reasons that patient’s request euthanasia. Many diseases are incurable, such as metastatic and terminal cancer. These patients manage painful symptoms and intense suffering, which ends in death (Encyclopedia). A majority of patients in Oregon who died after injecting a lethal dose of medicated had a primary diagnosis of cancer (“Suicide

Voluntary Euthanasia: What's Right and Wrong?

2065 words - 8 pages patient's sanity at the time and argue the patient may not be fully competent and does not understand what choices they are making. Others stress, if voluntary euthanasia is legalized, involuntary euthanasia will soon to follow. Involuntary euthanasia ends a patients life without their consent. Despite the fear of involuntary euthanasia becoming

Dying For Help

1067 words - 5 pages can be used to end the increase of medical bills after the patient passes, and it ends the suffering of the patient. Euthanasia cannot be justified because it’s unethical and could become out of control. Many religions believe that euthanasia is immoral because it goes against God (BBC) Even though it is the killing of another person, the patient that has undergone euthanasia either has a painful terminal illness or is in a coma they can never

An Argument for Euthanasia

2005 words - 8 pages be entirely unnecessary if euthanasia were regulated and legalized. Value Premise: Everyone deserves to live a life free from suffering. Factual Premise: Euthanasia ends suffering. Conclusion: In order to end suffering euthanasia should be allowed.

Euthanasia a view of both sides

1333 words - 5 pages troubles. Physician assisted suicide is a practice that should be supported because it can be controlled through practical laws, it eases a patients painful suffering, and by showing how special life is it will alleviate agony.Many debates have arisen in the United States among physicians, religious leaders, lawyers, and the general public over the question whether euthanasia should be legalized. Nowhere are the concepts of assisted suicide and the

Euthanasia

1137 words - 5 pages euthanasia is that it involve taking a human life. Also, the person whose life is taken must be someone who is believed to be suffering from an incurable disease or injury from which recovery cannot reasonably be expected. Finally the action must be deliberate and intentional. Therefore euthanasia is intentionally taking the life of a presumably hopeless person.It is important to be clear about the deliberate and intentional aspect of the killing. If a

Euthanasia

1501 words - 6 pages . Some people claim that euthanasia is acceptable as it ends the pain and suffering of the patient, however, in my opinion euthanasia should not be permitted under any circumstances. Hospices provide treatment that can prevent terminally ill patients from suffering pain so that their final hours can be comfortable and, as I have found out, even cure patients that were considered ‘hopeless cases’. I also firmly believe that if

Euthanasia is NOT Ethical or Moral

1309 words - 5 pages According to the Oxford Dictionary, euthanasia is a medically assisted death; painlessly killing a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease. Euthanasia usually allows the medical doctor to be in charge of giving the option of death to the patient or asking the patient’s relatives to euthanize the patient. Many victims of euthanasia involve the elderly or newborn infants. Euthanasia is unethical, impacting negatively the lives of

Similar Essays

The Practice Of Euthanasia Essay

1212 words - 5 pages right to die be granted? The practice of euthanasia has many names: “mercy killing”, “assisted suicide”, or “physician assisted suicide,”and according to Medina, euthanasia is defined as purposefully killing or allowing the death of terminally sick or injured person with the idea or goal of relieving their pain and suffering(Medina). There are a few different types of euthanasia. The first type is passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia occurs when

The Case Against Euthanasia Essay

1184 words - 5 pages patient has an issue with a doctor who performs euthanasia, it will be unlikely that the doctor can defend themselves. Laws are there to protect and legalizing euthanasia harms society. The counterargument to not legalizing euthanasia argues that euthanasia ends the pain of terminal illness. Supporters say that without euthanasia, compassionate doctors will prescribe enough medication to end suffering and quicken death (Ho 6). Individuals do

Advocation For Euthanasia Essay

1235 words - 5 pages medical bills after the patient passes, patients have the right to decide when they die, and it ends the suffering of the patient. Euthanasia cannot be justified because it is unethical and could become out of control. Many religions believe that euthanasia is immoral because it goes against God (BBC News). Even though it is the killing of another person, the patient that has undergone euthanasia either has a painful terminal illness or is in a coma

The Right To Life Includes The Right To Choose How Your Life Ends

1131 words - 5 pages their life ends. For my second point, active euthanasia is a quick act of mercy whereas a passive euthanasia death takes place over a longer period of time and can cause even more suffering (handout, euthanasia). If we are willing to put our pets out of their misery when all they have left is pain and suffering then why not let our loved ones end theirs? So many patients with an inevitable death are suffering and looking at months of pain and