Why Is Euthanasia Ethically Wrong

2434 Words10 Pages
“I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.” The intent of a doctor is one that should be pure and selfless, one that should prolong the life of a patient, not terminate it. In the noble profession of medicine, there have been great controversies that have left one world split into two. Euthanasia, by definition, is the “painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.” The practice of assisting…show more content…
With the legalization of euthanasia, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people such as the elderly would feel encouraged to seek euthanasia as a means to end their medical problems. Although many people are against the legalization of euthanasia, other people believe that the decision to end one’s life is a personal decision and it follows the principle of autonomy. In the medical world, many people believe that it is unethical to violate a patient’s autonomy even if it means that they want to commit suicide. People feel that if a patient is suffering, especially due to a terminal illness, the patient should be able to avoid further suffering by committing suicide earlier on. Many people also believe that physicians assisting someone to commit suicide is the most humane way to pass away compared to other methods in which one commits suicide. With taking this into account, most often the people who are for euthanasia fail to realize that the process to qualify for getting the medication to commit suicide is extremely difficult and there are safeguards put in…show more content…
The third reason why people are for euthanasia is because it would save hospitals and hospices a lot of the funding required to care after terminally patients. In our modern day society, we have lots of people who are in hospitals and require care but the dilemma is that there are also people who are in need of medical attention but there is a limited amount of space in hospitals. The flaw in this argument is that it requires more funding to get the life-ending medication than to look after these patients in hospitals or hospices. Drugs that are typically used in euthanasia procedures can cost anywhere from $75 to $100 but the problem is it can cost up to $10,000 to administer the drug for each patient. In conclusion, the idea of legalizing euthanasia could be very detrimental and could cause more misfortune than good. Doctors were placed on Earth to fulfill the one purpose that was given to them and that is to prolong the lives of patients and to abide by the Hippocratic Oath. With euthanasia being illegal in the majority
Open Document