Pro Euthanasia Essay

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When the subject of euthanasia is brought to debate there becomes a bunch of disagreement on whether it is right or wrong. Many claim religion and state life is a gift from God Thus, only God can start a life, and only God should be allowed to end one. An individual who commits suicide is committing sin or others may believe each person has autonomy over their own life and a person whose quality of life is nonexistent should have the right to decide to commit suicide, and to seek assistance if necessary. Sometimes a terminal illness is so painful that it causes life to be an unbearable burden; death can represent a relief of intolerable pain. This paper will hopefully shine some light on the positive side of this act. To help people understand the other side of the debate.The definition to euthanasia is the intentional killing by intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water.The first recorded statement suggesting euthanasia was in 400 B.C. circa by Greek physician Hippocrates, "I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel" This statement insinuates that this practice has been going on for some time. Unfortunate for some the United States, has also disapproved of euthanasia since before the nineteenth century. The laws of Connecticut, stated that "if one counsels another to commit suicide, and the other by reason of the advice kills himself, the advisor is guilty of murder as principal." 2 Z. Swift, A Digest of the Laws of the State of Connecticut 270 (1823). However in 1998 U.S. state of Oregon legalizes assisted suicide making it the only state were a person can legally be assisted with suicide. In the rest of the states euthanasia is criminalized.But should euthanasia be legal in the rest of the states besides Oregon? In my opinion yes. In certain circumstances I believe assisted suicide should be legalized. For example, a man with a severe case of cancer of the lung is in excruciating pain. Day after day he pleads the doctors for more drugs to ease his decaying body. Every day he looks into the eyes of his broken hearted wife. He wishes that it wasn't like this. Never in a million years would he had wished this burden on her. Not only is this experience a physical pain but a pain for his loved ones that have to wait by his side until he dies. There are numerous drugs he could take for the pain in his body but the pain in his heart is no cure but death.Assisted suicide could have eased the pain for this poor man. But unfortunately that wasn't an option and my grandfather died three days later. When my mother asked if there was any thing that the family could do the doctor just said no. We would just have to wait...

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