Argumentative Essay On Euthanasia

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Euthanasia, meaning a good death in Greek, is the practise of killing someone who is terminally ill to prevent them from further pain and suffering. The debate on the use of euthanasia has been on-going for the past fifteen years, after late president Nelson Mandela has asked the South African Law commission to undertake a project addressing the matters involved in end-of-life-decisions, as a result the End of Life Decisions Act was proposed but never passed into law. Many believe that if euthanasia were accepted as an option for the terminally ill we would be accepting that some lives were worth more than others and that murder is an acceptable way of dealing with chronically ill patients. However, euthanasia is not murder but a way of preserving chronically ill patients’ human dignity, by ending their pain and suffering through their wish to die a painless death. Section 10 of the Constitution deals with the issue of human dignity and states that ‘Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.’ Therefore through the legalisation of euthanasia the human dignity of these terminally ill patients will be protected and respected.
The legal definition of human dignity is described by law professor Linda Hawthorne as ‘an individual or group’s sense of self-respect and self-worth, physical and psychological integrity and empowerment.’ The quality of life of those suffering from terminal illness is usually poor and filled with pain and

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