Withers 1Emily WithersMr. PallerinoEnglish 1013 February, 2018Death for a CureCurrently, eighty-six percent of the public believes in the disputable issue of euthanasia (Euthanasia statistics, par. 1). For centuries, people across the globe have been debating this topic. Today, euthanasia or better known as assisted suicide is used as a remedy for ending suffering (Kuhse, pars. 12-14). Many have differing opinions of euthanasia. Some believe it is legal to end a person suffering, while others feel it brings about an illegal death. Not only shouldeuthanasia be used as a tool, but it should be legal. Euthanasia, with past history and justifiable reasons, make the different forms of it so controversial. Over time euthanasia has been twisted into being seen as an atrocious idea. Some of the bad reputations stem from the name, being referred to as assisted suicide. Suicide is the act or aninstance of one taking their life themselves, voluntary and intentionally (Suicide, par. 1). On the other hand, euthanasia or assisted suicide is where one person assists another person under request or the terminal condition of the surrogate. Other superior names that correspond with euthanasia include the Greek meanings “Good death” or “Mercy killing” (Kuhse, pars. 1-7). Multiple people associate suicide and assisted suicide being the same because the names are similar but they are two distinguishable definitions.Throughout time, euthanasia would not be uncommon to use in Greek and Roman times in the sixteenth century (Kuhse, pars. 1-7). Sir Thomas More of the sixteenth century, was a
Withers 2humanist. More states “For all who are afflicted with incurable disorders...make their lives as comfortable as possible”. He explains how euthanasia should be used for the deliberately sick and not for recreation (More, par. 1). Not only does More presume the pro-euthanasia opinion but multiple historical church denominations do. Denominations such as Methodists, they think “Freedom in euthanasia, endorse legalization”. Many church bodies put their belief in pro-choice. Denominations such as United Church of Christ, Mainline Christian, and Liberal Christian (Christian Perspectives on Euthanasia, pars. 9,13,14). As seen euthanasia has been around for ages. Many do not understand why euthanasia inflicted, hence why there is a disagreement in opinion. Euthanasia is not meant to be recreational. Patients have a logical reason for their request. Euthanasia is proposed if someone is suffering from a terminal illness (Young, par. 7). Some terminal illnesses may include: Ebola, Polio, Lupus (Top 10 incurable diseases, pars. 1,4,6,9,10,15). Other reasons euthanasia might be inflicted is due to the unlikelihood to benefit from the cure, for example being put on a respirator. In addition to those conditions suffering unbearable pain, like a wish to die but incompetent to do so (Young, par. 7). Fifty-five percent ofterminally ill patients die in pain, euthanasia is a solution to cut down on this painful death (Euthanasia statistics, pars. 1-2).