Bern's euthanasia

Bern's euthanasia - Miszczyszyn, Bernadette UCWR 110...

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Miszczyszyn, Bernadette UCWR 110 December 11, 2006 Death is not Someone’s Choice “We’re talking about people that pretended that maybe they were God,” stated Attorney General Charles C. Foti Jr. in reference to doctors euthanizing people (Griffin, Drew, and Kathleen Johnson). In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the city of New Orleans claming many lives and leaving many seriously injured. The people who had been injured had a hard time obtaining medical attention because the hurricane demolished all hospitals and medical centers within miles. It was days before people could see doctors. By the time they had been treated by a doctor, their conditions had worsened. At one of the make shift hospitals, a Dr. King recalls hearing some fellow practitioners discussing euthanizing their patients. The other doctors wanted to “put them out of their misery,” as it was so nicely put. This situation is an example of modern Euthanasia. Euthanasia has been about since ancient Roman and Greek years, and it has been a hot topic ever since. According to , “euthanasia is a deliberate act undertaken by one person with the intention of ending the life of another in order to relieve that person’s suffering which is the cause of death.” Euthanasia is also referred to as assisted suicide. An individual who wants to be euthanized has no longer will to live, they want to end their own pain. If Euthanasia was legalized, then the value of human life would be dismissed and lose its value. Euthanasia is a type of murder that takes its toll on not only the person being killed, but also affects the euthanizer as well. Euthanasia degrades human life, and makes it ok to give up on one’s self. It can be 1
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avoided in the United States because of the advancements in today’s society and reasons which show euthanasia is a type of murder. The idea to euthanize or assist a person with suicide has gone back to about 400 B.C. Greek physician Hippocrates made an oath against the use of Euthanasia when he said, “I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel,” (Collier). Hippocrates promised to practice this and teach others his way of art. He believed that life was to be valued and there was no value in killing voluntarily. Today Euthanizing a patient is illegal in the United States, but there are still some countries where Euthanasia goes about easily and normally. According to Robert Misbin, “Netherlands have had legal Euthanasia laws since the year 2000” (62). The Netherlands is one nation is which voluntary euthanasia is legally tolerated and in which the practice is performed. Since euthanasia is only found to be legal in one place, it gives the United States the ability to compare. The Netherlands and the United States are similar and different in many ways.
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