The Hard Choice - Doughty 1 Stefan Doughty Instructor Kristin Shearlock English 102 2 March 2008 The Hard Choice What is right What is wrong A

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vorkian. Image taken from NNDB website. Doughty 1 Stefan Doughty Instructor: Kristin Shearlock English 102 2 March 2008 The Hard Choice What is right? What is wrong? A young woman in America is diagnosed with leukemia. She is given one year to live and there is no hope for a recovery. Because of her illness, she is in incredible pain and can’t even leave her hospital bed. There is a way to end her pain. She wishes to voluntarily end her life with assistance from her doctor. Despite her willingness to carry out the action, she is not permitted by law to do so. Instead, she has to wait in suffering for an elongated period of time for death. If her doctor or a loved one did help her end her pain, they would be thrown into prison. This is a flaw in America’s current justice system. Euthanasia is the merciful killing of a person suffering from incurable illnesses and injuries. It is currently illegal to perform illegal in America with the exception of the state of Oregon. Euthanasia is a logical option available for those who wish to take it. Under the correct regulations, euthanasia and assisted suicide should be legalized as a progressive option for those who suffer or can no longer enjoy life. To clarify any confusion about euthanasia and assisted suicide, one needs to know the proper definitions of each. There seems to be a lot of misuse of the term euthanasia. Euthanasia is purposeful involvement in helping one end his or her life to relieve that individual’s pain and/or suffering. It traces origins to the Greek word for ‘an easy death’ (Chaloner et al , 41). Euthanasia covers many areas of killing ranging from genocide to suicide. Voluntary euthanasia, or assisted suicide, is the action of helping an individual take his or her life at the request of the
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Doughty 2 dying party. It raises debates about whether doctors should be allowed to let their patients make the decision instead of an educated medical professional (42). Acceptance of voluntary euthanasia makes one ponder on the legitimacy of suicide as an option for people who are simply tired of living (Varelius 76). Technically, it is a moral equivalent and in some cases the reason behind voluntary euthanasia. However, it is not a fair assessment when considering the legality behind euthanasia because it does not change the fact that hopeless cases deserve the choice instead of waiting in pain for the inevitable. Opponents of voluntary euthanasia usually think that terminally ill should be given psychological help to aid in pain relief. They also use arguments about the ‘quality of life’, which advocates that people deserve to live and should try their best to survive. They also argue that people who can not make the decision for themselves would be killed for the convenience of outer parties if voluntary euthanasia were to be legalized. Of course, euthanasia has already been legalized in several European countries.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Adovian during the Spring '08 term at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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