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Ethics -- Moral Theory and Moral Issue
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Name Instructor Class Date Euthanasia, a Moral Issue The subject of euthanasia has not been discussed on the national stage very often, not mentioned once during the year-long primary and presidential debates, yet is very important to thousands of Americans…
Proponents of the practice argue that people should be as free to choose the way they die in the same way they choose the way they lived. In addition, people deserve to die with as little pain and as much dignity as is possible. Those against legalizing euthanasia say that it could open the door to abuses such as people opting to die earlier than needed for economic reasons and being pressured by relatives who have a financial concern. Callous as may sound, children of the terminally ill may not want their parents to spend their inheritance on life extending techniques, a sad scenario that should certainly be considered. Still others say that euthanasia is “playing God” which is not acceptable under any circumstances. Euthanasia is a sensitive subject about a painful prospect but must be addressed because it will likely involve everyone as some point in their lives. The word “euthanasia” is of Greek origin meaning “good death.” 18th Century England scholars referred to euthanasia as a means of “dying well.” (Belanger, 2010). Euthanasia is a medical procedure where a doctor supplies a lethal cocktail of drugs to a terminally ill patient who is in serve pain. The patient administers the dosage, not the doctor. The drugs could be administered either intravenously or orally but the decision is the patients, not the doctor or family members. ...
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