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Euthanasia/Physician Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legalized

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I. Introduction
An admired man, loved and respected by his family, was burdened with a life or death situation; his. At the age of 72, this man was diagnosed with cancer and being middle class, the costs of treatment seemed more painful than the cancer itself. He was distressed with the thought of putting his family through financial hardships. Living in Oregon, with the Measure 16 law just passing for the legalizing of euthanasia, he felt he had no other choice. Knowing his family would disagree, he decided to ask for his doctors’ advice. The doctor knowing he would receive a cash bonus and be financially better off if he did not provide patient care advised the modest man to be euthanized. He took his doctors advice and there was nothing that would change his mind from what he thought would be the best thing for his family. Still grieving his loss till today, his family will never forget how euthanasia murdered that beloved man, my grandfather. Euthanasia/Physician assisted suicide should not be legalized in the United States. The definition of murder is “killing intentionally and with premeditation”, how is euthanasia any different? (Miller) Not only is it morally wrong, but logically and ethically as well. Human life is not anyone’s to take and destroying it is devaluing a gift given to us. “Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans” and making it lawful would only move it closer to 1st. (Krug EG)
Reason 1: Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia will lead to Involuntary Euthanasia
Euthanasia classifies murder as good instead of bad. Controversy about the right to die leads to worry about whether voluntary euthanasia will lead to involuntary euthanasia in a debate entitled the “slippery slope argument”. (Wesley 125) Where is the line drawn between those who need to die and those who “should” die? If suicide is agreed upon and legalized in the United States, who wouldn’t be qualified; those who are emotionally sick and feel they have no need to live anymore, teenagers with raging hormones who have suffered parent loss or bad relationships, lonely elders who are free from illness but have no one, the sick who can be cured but have given up, the handicapped, the poor, or the born learning disabled. Unfortunately being aided by a doctor in committing suicide will expand for many groups who just passed that line. Holland is just one blind victim of euthanasia. After thorough study, Gregory Koukl, host of “Euthanasia, Rights and Metaphysics” states that after twenty years of legalized euthanasia by Doctors, “One in five people in Holland are euthanized. 11.3%, more than one in ten, of the total number of deaths in that country, every single year (14,691 according to the Dutch government…) is cases of involuntary euthanasia.” (Koukl) Over time the guidelines to whether one should be aided in suicide for whatever motive would diminish and be redefined; sad, but evidently that is how it starts.
Reason 2: Physician Assisted Suicide...

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