Final_Essay_Should_euthanasia_be_legalized - Should euthanasia be legalized Euthanasia literally translated from Greek means good health which is to

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Should euthanasia be legalized? Euthanasia literally translated from Greek means good health, which is tomake inevitable deaths free from pain or discomfort. Because euthanasia isnot only related to legislation, but also ethics, medicine, religion and so on, ithas aroused a fierce and lasting dispute all over the world. People who areagainst euthanasia argue that euthanasia is a means of murder; therefore itshould be criminalized (Eliotta & Olvera, 2008). Besides, there are a numberof people holding a view that euthanasia could cause more negative effectslike death toll and destroy of medical industry. However, people who are foreuthanasia point out that people have the right to choose to die or not(Sharma, 2003). While acknowledging different views about euthanasia, thisessay argues that euthanasia should not be legalized because thedisadvantages of decriminalization of euthanasia outweigh the advantages ofit.People who are in support of euthanasia regard euthanasia as a good wayfor patients who are suffering terminal disease to relieve pain. According toStoyles and Costreie (2013), people who are terminally ill think that there aretwo choices for them. One is dying in pain. The other is to choose euthanasiawithout pain. If the patients could not move, breathe on their own, even think,what they could feel will be no other than pains. Therefore, they prefer toeuthanasia. However, there is another choice—getting enough care, comfortand encouragement from their family and friends, which most patients do notrealize. This choice could make patients feel more hopeful about the future.Rachels (2004) points out that patients who are terminally ill are mostly afraidof to be a burden on their family rather than physical pain. As Dr. Owen(2010)mentioned, as long as patients could feel concern and love from othersinstead of a burden; as long as their illness could be controlled to somedegree, they would not appeal for euthanasia. Besides, they may not want tochoose euthanasia indeed, since the behaviors of people around them likedoctors, family could influence them a lot. In 2001, when Dr.Joke Groen, a

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