Murder With Permission Essay

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The word euthanasia originated from the Greek language as explained in Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide: Introduction (Robinson). It means the intentional termination of life by another at the explicit request of the person who dies. This means that the person who dies must ask someone else to help them kill themselves. However, euthanasia can include both voluntary and involuntary termination of life. Sometimes people end up being victims of euthanasia without giving consent because their doctors feel that there is little hope of them, passing it off as an act of mercy to mollify themselves. Euthanasia shouldn’t be considered suicide; it should be considered murder because a person committing suicide doesn’t need any help doing it whereas a person who uses euthanasia as a means of death needs the help of a physician or another trained person.
As informed in an article by B. A. Robinson, contrary to some misplaced beliefs, there are many types of euthanasia (Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide). These include: passive euthanasia, active euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and involuntary euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is the hastening of the death of a person by altering some form of support and letting nature take its course. Overdose of morphine is the most common form of passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia involves causing the death of a person through a direct action, in response to a request from that person. Physician assisted suicide occurs when a physician supplies information and/or the means of committing suicide to a person, so that they can easily terminate their own life. Involuntary euthanasia describes the killing of a person who hasn’t explicitly requested aid in dying.
Many people who participate in euthanasia, however, are severely depressed over long periods of time. They see suicide as a “permanent solution to a temporary problem” (Robinson). There is a consensus that a better solution for most clinically depressed people is treatment, using counseling and/or medication. The treatments can give the depressed person decades of enjoyable life which would have been lost if they had committed suicide. These people don’t have anything wrong with them other than a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be treated with medications and therapy. Legalizing euthanasia would make it easier for suicidal depressed people to commit suicide in a new and assisted way. Others live in chronic pain. Still others have a terminal illness or a serious disorder or disease and want to end their suffering. These are the people for whom euthanasia is intended and they just want out because they do not want to suffer any longer.
However, Christians believe that to commit suicide violates one’s natural desire to live (Robinson). It harms other people. Life is the precious gift of God and is thus only to be taken by God. Being a Christian means respecting life and honoring that special gift we have been...

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