Uploaded by Admin on Mar 08, 2001
Euthanasia which comes from the Greek meaning of easy death is one of our societies highly debatable issues and the main reason for this argument is against active euthanasia, which is when a terminally ill patient is administered with a lethal drug or using other means to cause there death. There is also Passive euthanasia, which means the stopping or not starting a persons treatment, leaving their condition to run it’s course, without resuscitation.
Many people debate this issue stating that they believe that by participating in the practice of active euthanasia, that they are "playing God," but isn’t that what doctors are already doing by trying to keep their patients alive? Or perhaps, even worse, that they believe that people who support euthanasia are not acting out of mercy, but rather out of selfishness or that they are just giving up.
People also think that it is just a fancy name for murder but isn’t murder defined as; “The unlawful, premeditated killing of one human being by another.” Where as with euthanasia an ill person is choosing to die and merely asking for assistance by another human being so that they can die in dignity with out having to commit suicide which can be very hard on the persons family and can also cause some legal problems.
Some may also argue the point of what to do if a person is suffering with an illness of which there seems no hope of recovery, yet they are unable to make a choice for themselves, how do we know what that person would choose? And who would make that decision? But that is where a living will would be used, which a person can Wright stating what they want to happen to them while they are still alive and well, so if faced with this situation family and doctors would know what the person wanted.
Another question you must ask yourself is why people who have an old and diseased dog that was suffering in pain they would to take it to a vet, and most likely have it put down no questioned asked. Because they would want to relieve it from all its pain. But if a person was to be in the same situation and they were to go to a doctor, the doctor would do what ever they could to keep their patient alive and at any cost. Even...