Argumentative Essay: The Legalization Of Euthanasia
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“Death is a punishment to some, to others a gift, and to many a favor” (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Free will is the right of all human beings, people must have the opportunity to choose when to end their own lives. Euthanasia is defined as the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. It is an issue that most people feel very strongly about due to its controversial nature. What makes this a strong and debatable topic are the moral and ethical dilemmas that come with it. Its sensitive nature made me want to choose it as my topic for an argumentative essay. This was something I had always been confused about. I never was able to decide for myself whether Euthanasia should be legalized.…show more content… They will all have access to making their own rules and regulations. This can be important for each individual country as they would not want euthanasia to be used wrongly and unjustly. They would like to control how it is done and this method will allow them to do so, instead of having to rely on the rules of another country where its citizens would go off to in hopes of gaining their right to die. This legalization will allow the country to apply much needed safeguards to euthanasia. This is a big decision and must be handled carefully, requiring safeguards. These safeguards can be such that conditions could be set to the patients who qualify for euthanasia. These patients must be of competent mind, they should not be mentally ill, their illness must be incurable and the patient must be in severe pain, the patient must not be in a condition to contribute to society anymore and/or two physicians should be satisfied with their case.
There is an essay, originally printed in the New York Times in 1987, I came across with the title “In Defense of Voluntary Euthanasia” by Sidney Hook, a philosophy professor at New York University, which I would like to talk about in my essay. Hook talks about the time he battled with congestive heart failure, which he can live with, but causes great pain. He says in his