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Week 5: VOLUNTARY ACTIVE EUTHANSIA 1 Voluntary Active Euthanasia Nathaniel Judd PHI 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning Instructor Whitney Easton October 30, 2017
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Week 5: Assignment 2 Voluntary active euthanasia is a not so popular method to end a person’s life on their own free will. In this essay, I will cover the positives of voluntary active euthanasia and the perceived negative aspects to it. Overall, I will focus on the highlights and show why the negative thoughts towards it should be dismissed. Voluntary active euthanasia; ethical approach to ending suffering or a morally inept decision? First, is the ethical implications of voluntary euthanasia in today’s modern society. Voluntary active euthanasia is the practice of ending an individual’s life with painless practices. For example, voluntary refusal of food and liquids is a common approach used to end an individual’s life. In China, voluntary active euthanasia is illegal and thus, not acceptable (McCormak, Clifford and Conroy, 2012) However, some states in the United States, including Washington State, legalized the practice of voluntary euthanasia if it’s used to ease the pain of patients. These methods supply the terminally ill with an option to end their inevitable death. There are benefits of voluntary active euthanasia, helping individuals end their misery versus prolonging pain that will inevitably end with death. When you’re on your death bed, and the end is inevitable, death should be an option. Voluntary active euthanasia should be legal due to it being an individual’s right to control prolonged suffering and inevitable death. This would help the patient reduce unnecessary health care cost that would be left for their surviving families and act as a financial burden. Shortening long term visits for patients that are going to pass away no matter what allows more room for patients who are not terminal. This also gives the physicians and professionals more time to focus on the patients who need
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