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euthanasia 3-6-08 - PHIL 201 Ethics and Good Life on the...

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PHIL 201 Ethics and Good Life on the Topic of Euthanasia In what circumstances (if any) do you think that active euthanasia is morally justifiable? There most certainly are certain circumstances I believe active euthanasia is morally justifiable, active euthanasia being assisted suicide. Active euthanasia is an important topic due to the fact that there are many people that are completely for active euthanasia, of course there are those that completely oppose it as well. As of now active euthanasia is illegal in the United States of America. Euthanasia is a very important topic to discuss, there are so many different circumstances that active euthanasia could be beneficial to someone, whether it be helping with pain and suffering or helping someone only living because of life support machines. Large parts of debate in active euthanasia are the cases of voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia. Other conflicts in the discussion of euthanasia are the conflicts between the principles of autonomy and beneficence, the sanctity of live versus the quality of life, and the concerns of “slippery slope.” There is a laundry list that can be written up of all the certain circumstances that active euthanasia could be morally justifiable. Such circumstances include persons in a vegetative state only living because of life support machines, or a person suffering from incurable pain. Both sides have understandable debates on a person on life support machines. One the one hand, such a person obviously can no longer support their life themselves, hence the life support machines. So, why continue spending large amounts of money on hospital fees trying to keep a person alive that cannot live a regular life? To me, it makes more sense to say good-byes and remember all the good memories about that person. On the other hand, the debate may be that there is always that chance that the person may come out of the vegetative state and be able to resume self supported life, if maybe only partially, there is that possibility. To a family, it may be financially
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justifiable to continue the person on life support in hopes that the person will come back. This
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