Euthanasia/Physician Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legalized

1510 words - 6 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Euthanasia/Physician Assisted Suicide Should Not be Legalized

Assisted Suicide Should Not be Legalized

1878 words - 8 pages . There are many reasons why it should not be legalized, three of these being the fact that assisted suicide reduces the value of a human life, it is murder, and patients may feel pressure to commit assisted suicide because they don’t want to be a burden to their families. If assisted suicide is legal, what else will come of it? Yale Kamisar says, “We may be fairly sure of one thing. If we legalize active euthanasia for the terminally ill, it will

Euthanasia Should Not Be Legalized Essay

2605 words - 11 pages suicide unsuccessfully. (Sinha and Sarkhel2, 178) In addition, proponents argue that euthanasia must be legalized under certain conditions: the patient should be at least twenty-one years old; he must be under the supervision of a physician that in turn has consulted another physician; and a period of time between the request for euthanasia and the act itself is required in which the patient might change his mind.( Michael Petrou, 23) So, this means

Should Physician-Assisted Death be Legalized in the United States

658 words - 3 pages Radical assumptions have been made on whether or not physician-assisted death should be legalized in the United States because of its citizens’ uncertainty about this delicate subject. Physician-assisted suicide is the method by which an individual is provided with the drugs or equipment needed to commit suicide. The terms “aid in dying” or “death with dignity” are preferred over “suicide” due to their distinction from "suicide," where assisted

Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal

1462 words - 6 pages compared to Euthanasia and people find that to be just as bad as assisted suicide. Assisted nor Physician Assisted suicide should be legal in the U.S. In the following essay the articles Technical Difficulties and National Center for Biotechnology Information will help with support and evidence as to why there are benefits and negative issues to assisted suicide, but no matter what it should still not be legal. Assisted suicide has some

Active Euthanasia: Physician Assisted Suicide is Wrong

2047 words - 8 pages Active Euthanasia: Physician Assisted Suicide is Wrong The issue at hand is whether physician-assisted suicide should be legalized for patients who are terminally ill and/or enduring prolonged suffering. In this debate, the choice of terms is central. The most common term, euthanasia, comes from the Greek words meaning "good death." Sidney Hook calls it "voluntary euthanasia," and Daniel C. Maguire calls it "death by choice," but John

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia are Murder

1924 words - 8 pages euthanasia, is where a doctor or another person does nothing to prevent death, therefore allowing the person to die. Passive euthanasia is not always wrong. It is allowing a person's body to take a natural course of death. Active euthanasia, or positive euthanasia, is when a doctor or another person takes direct action to cause death. (Grolier, 98) Active euthanasia is extremely wrong. It is murder and should not be allowed.   Assisted suicide

Are Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Ethical?

1751 words - 7 pages principle of mercy. Weather a painful test or therapy will actually contribute to some overriding benefits for him or her, they should not be done.         In many such cases, the patient will die whether or not the treatments are performed.  In some cases, however, the principle of mercy may also demand withholding treatment that could extend the patient's life if the treatment is itself painful or discomforting and

Physician Assisted Suicide: A Crime or Not

864 words - 3 pages suicide. After the first year of the law being in progress they found that most people assisted in suicideWere not people with illnesses? So they would have to make other laws that state that a person has to have a physician say that the person being assisted in suicide will die within the next two years of the date that the person will die. So the person will not have to suffer the rest of his/her life.Assisted suicide should be legalized

How euthanasia should be legalized.

773 words - 3 pages /cases.html) This individual did not have the chance to have euthanasia therefore had to die a painful death. In conclusion euthanasia is here for people to die happy and painlessly. People wont have to go through painful incurable diseases and die pleasantly. People have the right to what they want and instead of committing suicide they can die with dignity. Euthanasia should be legalized so people who are suffering from pain can die in high spirits. Euthanasia is the new way of dying happily instead of suicide.

Assisted Suicide Should Be Option

2278 words - 9 pages Lauren Bacall once said, “A man’s illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.” This quote makes the point that no one knows exactly what someone with an incurable illness is going through. We are all outsiders. So, who is to say, for example, physician assisted suicide should be illegal? If a person has the constitutional right to live then a person should

Euthanasia Essay - The Immorality of Physician Assisted Suicide

1121 words - 4 pages States, Physician Assisted Suicide or PAS is illegal in all states except for Oregon.  If PAS were to be legalized in the rest of the country, it would cause major problems.  In the one state that Physician Assisted Suicide is legal there have been major problems and any unhappy people.  Mentally ill patients have been stereotyped as crazy people who have to be locked away so they don't hurt themselves or anyone else.  This is a reality only

Similar Essays

Physician Assisted Suicide Essay Euthanasia Should Not Be Legalized

846 words - 3 pages assisted suicide, whatever you want to call it, it should not be legalized.      People should live their lives for as long as long as it is worth living.  As long as someone can still have experiences and communicate with others, they should go on living. Someone may have six months to live and decides to end their life rematurely, saying that they are going to die anyway, why bother with waiting.  It is the same with

The Case For Euthanasia, Should Physician Assisted Suicide Be Legalized?

1534 words - 6 pages not the patient has the freedom to choose whether or not to prolong their life even though it may consist of pain and suffering. In answer to this question, proponents of physician-assisted suicide, most notably, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, are of the opinion that not only should patients be able to abstain from treatment, but if they have a terminal and/or extremely painful condition, they should be able to seek out the assistance of a doctor in order

Should Physician Assisted Suicide Be Legalized?

1212 words - 5 pages Should be legalized for physician to let assist terminally ill patients with suicide if he/she or family members request for it? In any case, either the patient or family members ask for it, we must look at many other reasons why legalizing assisted suicide is a wrong to the public. Therefore, it is extremely important to focus on the wrong doing that we are attempting to allow physicians commit. If physician assisted suicide legalized and made

Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalized

1847 words - 7 pages Angela Gao March, 2005physician assisted suicide should be legalizedPhysician assisted suicide (PAS) refers to a practice in which the physician assist a patient to end his or her own life, in a painless or minimally painful way, for merciful reasons ( Its main purpose is to end patients' suffering. PAS is an intentional termination of life to the terminally ill patients and carried out with physicians' help such