EuthanasiaMichael WilsonFYSM 136-019/15/96Professor LeeA long time ago, culture was universal and permanent. There was one setof beliefs, ideals, and norms, and these were the standard for all human beingsin all places and all times. We, however, live in the modern world. Our ethicsare not an inheritance of the past, completed and ready for universalapplication. We are in the situation of having to form our own beliefs andmeanings of life. This struggle is now obvious in the contemporary discussionsof euthanasia.
Of the controversial discussions involving euthanasia, the question oflegalization is an often argued one.
Whether euthanasia ought to be illegal isdifferent from the question of whether it is immoral.Some people believe thateven if euthanasia is immoral, it still should not be prohibited by law, sinceif a patient wants to die, that is strictly a personal affair, regardless of howfoolish or immoral the desire might be. Rachels, 56 My position is almostidentical. I believe there are some instances in which euthanasia is immoral,but I believe it should unquestionably be legal.
In the following paragraphs, Iwill display the position of the opposition to the legality of euthanasia aswell as the position of the supporters. I shall attempt to prove that, yes,euthanasia should be legal. There is a strong opposition against thelegalization of euthanasia. The main argument against the legality ofeuthanasia is sometimes known as the slippery slope argument. People argue thatif euthanasia was legally permitted, it would lead to a general decline in therespect for human life. It is professed that we would kill people in thebeginning simply to put them out of extreme agony. This is the ideal. But theopposition states that the killing of people wouldn’t stop here. The killingcould perhaps escalate to mass murder of innocent victims. When would thekilling stop? This is what scares the opponent. The opponents argue that oncesomething is accepted, we have no right to deny other similar practices. Thisis when doctors and patients would start taking advantage of the new law.
Therefore, the first step should not be taken.
I disagree with this notion and believe that there would hardly be anyabuse of the new law. I have formed three reasons why euthanasia ought to belegal. First, history tells us that mercy killers have generally been let offeasy in court. In the case of Hans Florian, a man who shot his elderly wife todeath because she had lost her mind to Alzheimer’s disease, the grand juryrefused to indict him. His argument was that he shot her because he feared thathe might die first and then she would be left alone Rachels, 57. As in thiscase and numerous others, the killers are usually let off easy because ofsympathetic jury members or judges. For this reason, euthanasia should be legal,for it goes along with current attitudes in the courtroom. Secondly, theconstitution states that were are all allotted our certain unalienable rights to”life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Since we have this right to life,it is our right to decide what we want to do with our lives, and no one else’sright to tell us what to do.The third proponent to my reasoning is somethingcalled Mill’s Principle. This principle states that people should be free tolive their lives as they themselves think best, as long as they are not doingharm to others Merkov, 21.Also, this principle only applies to people whoare competent and can make rational decisions.For if one is not in theirright frame of mind, they could make an ill-fated decision on their life.
Euthanasia should be legalized because it is inhumane to allow people tocontinue suffering when they request release by rapid and painless terminationof life. Patients frequently suffer agony from pain that is uncontrollable.
Administration of death is the only effective release from suffering in thesesituations.
If a person is in excruciating pain day and night, or if they are livingvegetables in a permanent and unrelenting comatose with no hope for life,shouldn’t they be allowed to end their lives legally. In ending the patient’slife, you put an end not only to their agony, but the agony of their familiesand friends who must watch them suffer. None of this would be possible withoutthe legalization of euthanasia. Moreover, it would put less pressure on familymembers knowing that the act was committed legally.
In conclusion, the advantages of legalizing euthanasia outweigh theadvantages of illegalization.
It is highly unlikely that the legalization would lead to an over abuseof the rule. Of course there will always be some abusers, but not enough tocause panic. Once again, it is one’s individual right to decide what he or shewishes to do with their lives. I believe it is no one else’s business to havethe final say in what you do with your life. If a person is on their death bedand wishes to end there existence before matters complicate, they should legallyhave that right.
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