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BANKSPHIL 222-‐501Pro-EuthanasiaEuthanasiais a moral and ethical issue that many lawmakers, politicians and physicians don’t discuss openly. And with good reasons: Most of the arguments usually results in multiple elaborate questions about sanctity of ones life, right to life and even considering it another form of murder, only legalized. While these ideas have their own purpose and position in this particular debate, they mostly only serve to suffice the other side. There are better reasons to simply consider legalizing euthanasia-reasons such as personal experiences, hard statistics and involved evidence. In terms of morals and ethics, legalizing euthanasiain all states grants terminally ill patients the right to die with dignity and the ability to end intolerable suffering for both the patient and their loved ones based on three key factors: Mercy, Autonomy/Double Effect, and Justice/Equality. Mercy is based on, “the principle which asserts that one ought to relieve the pain or suffering of another person, when it does not contravene that persons wishes, where one can do so without undue costs to oneself, where one will not violate other moral obligations, where the pain or suffering itself is not necessary for the sufferers attainment of some overriding good…” (Boss, 175). Medical mercy is combined with two components regarding the physician, the first being the duty to not cause further pain or suffering to their patient. The second part of the principle of mercy is for a physician to relieve all pain and suffering. Two of the philosophers within the text, Battin and Rachel agree with the second component, that a patient pain should be relieved by the physician based on a
BANKSPHIL 222-‐502universal duty or an obligation as the only way to end suffering and pain. (Boss, 181). Many who oppose euthanasiabring about the subject of Hospice, which maintains care for a terminally ill patient. Euthanasiadebates brings about the moral standards of different religions, on page 181 in the text, Pope John Paul II made it clear that in the case of Terri Schiavo the obligation to put a patient on a