Andy Stark Kevin O’Connor Bob Gallagher Jenna Smith The Cons of: Euthanasia There are many controversial debates regarding euthanasia throughout our today’s society. Euthanasia pertains to intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering for the victim. Euthanasia also consists of lethal injection or is otherwise known as “Pulling the plug” if a patient is on life support. The death must be intended, if it is not intended it is not considered euthanasia. Euthanasia is illegal in the United States as of today. It has been a very controversial topic which many people fight for. An article written in the New York Times on March 31 st , 2013 stated that a women’s grandmother was dying of a very painful cancer and she wrote into the editor about how she wish euthanasia was passed therefore enabling her grandmother a quick painless death. The editor wrote back and began saying how euthanasia is unethical and would cause so many problems. However, Physician aid-in-dying (PAD), or assisted suicide , is legal in the states of Washington , Oregon , and Montana. The key difference between euthanasia and physician aid-in-dying is whole administers the lethal dose. There are numerous classifications of euthanasia, for example, voluntary, non- voluntary, involuntary, assisted suicide, euthanasia by action, and euthanasia by omission. These all have different definitions but need to be taken into consideration because it is
fundamental to touch upon all aspects of euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed has requested to be killed. Non-voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent. Involuntary euthanasia is when a person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary. When someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, as well as wanting to take his or her own life away as well as when it is a doctor who helps another person to kill them it is called "Physician assisted suicide”, or just assisted suicide. Euthanasia by action is known as intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as a lethal injection. The last form of euthanasia is intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary care or things such as food and water (euthanasia.com). Our arguments in this paper will go into detail about how it is immorally wrong based on the liberty of a person to take a life away. Each person has the right to life. Details about suffering at the end of a life or near death situation will also be discussed. Third, if we start to allow euthanasia, many argue that it is a slippery slope and is legalized murder. We will also discuss the government’s involvement in end of life decisions, the effects of health care costs, and the social groups at risk of abuse, religious concerns, and finally living wills.
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