ENGLISH 2010 SPRING SEMESTER 2014 POSITION ARGUMENT: Euthanasia. Haley McIntosh SLCC 2014.
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“For example, if a patient requires kidney dialysis to survive, and the doctors disconnect the dialysis machine, the patient will presumably die fairly soon. Perhaps the classic example of passive euthanasia is a "do not resuscitate order". Normally if a patient has a heart attack or similar sudden interruption in life functions, medical staff will attempt to revive them. If they make no such effort but simply stand and watch as the patient dies” (Pregnant Pause).
Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Colombia, and Japan.
Assisted suicide is legal in Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and Montana.
“As I have said, I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallison my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite sometime to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds. If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.” (Morris M.)
Terry Pratchett shows that it does improve his quality of life because if you do have the choice to live or die, most people would want to live. People often change their minds because…..
Congress, both state and federal, need to reconsider this an option. IF abortion is legal and people are aloud to end ones life, when they have no say to make that decision on their own, then why can’t people make their own choice to live or die when they already live on this earth?
In David L. Bender’s book, Should Euthanasia be allowed, he stated a good point:
“In America we perform abortions, execute murders and draft young me so they may be slain for their country. But mention the subject of euthanasia and people start to get a little crazy.”
Why it should not be legalized?
BBC. Forms of Euthanasia. 2014. Web. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/euthanasia/overview/forms.shtml
Emanuel, Ezekiel J. What Is the Great Benefit of Legalizing Euthanasia or Physican‐Assisted Suicide?. The University of Chicago Press. Ethics, Vol. 109, No.3 (April 1999), pp. 629-642. Web. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/233925
Morris M. 10 Arguments of Legalizing Euthanasia. Listverse politics. http://listverse.com/2013/09/12/10-arguments-for-legalising-euthanasia/#
Pregnant Pause. Types of Euthanasia. Nov. 2001. Web. http://www.pregnantpause.org/euth/types.htm