There are many religions that are against euthanasia. Muslims believe that euthanasia is an act of killing, which is a sin and forbidden in Islam. (al-Qaradawi, 2005) The Holy Quran does not state a person has the right to die because Allah, God, decides how long people live. (Aramesh and Shadi, 2007)
The United Methodist Church states, “Every person has the right to die with dignity.” The United Church of Christ states, “It’s the right of individuals to not have their lives unnecessarily prolonged.” However, the Lutheran Church Missouri, Synod addresses the matter of physician assisted suicide and condemn it as an “affront to the Lord who gives life,” which also, “open the door for future abuse” ("Suicide."
The religious tradition that I feel best states my views on euthanasia is Christianity. I am a Christian and I believe that God gives life to people, so he should be the one to decide whether someone is going to live or die. For example, if I have a friend and he/she gives me a gift, I used to like the gift but after a couple of years I don't like the gift anymore or don't want it anymore because the gift is no longer what it used to be. I should never throw the gift even if I don't like it anymore because I know my friend is going to be mad about it. My friend would think that I am a bad friend for throwing the gift away.
Their argument is that the medical practice of physician-assisted death is unethical because it violates the bioethical principle of nonmaleficence, which refers to the obligation of the physician to not cause needless harm. Physician-assisted death is not causing needless harm because the patient themselves is requesting the death-dealing medication and taking them, or not taking them, when, and if, they feel ready to die. It would be needless harm if the physician in question actively euthanatized the patient by administering the death-dealing medications without the patient’s consent. However, from a legal standpoint, physician-assisted death does not include active euthanasia, which is illegal in all fifty states; it simply requires the physician to provide the mentally competent patient with the information they asked for regarding the process and a prescription for the death dealing medication. The physician is not causing needless harm to a terminally ill patient who wishes to die mercifully on their own time instead of six months down the line in possible pain and suffering.
In the defense of Physician Assisted Suicide, a wide publicly talked about topic, it should be a choice every terminally ill patient receives. Physician Assisted suicide is when a patient is terminally ill and has no chances of recovering. The patient themselves can make the decision, with the help from their physician, to get lethally injected and end their life reducing and ending the pain. In America each state has a little over 3,000 patients that are terminally ill contact an advocacy group known as the Compassion and Choices to try to reduce end-of- life suffering and perhaps hasten their death. Physician Assisted Suicide shouldn’t be looked at as suicide, but as ending the pain and suffering from an individual whose life is going to be taken away anyway.
“Legislation that allows people to end their lives automatically creates incentives to seek death as a cost-saving option. The elderly and infirm are seen as burdens and can easily be disposed of. Suicide becomes the easy way out.” (Ben Broussard) Most of the time physicians are against the idea of physician assisted suicide because it goes against their job description and personal beliefs.
They are not, and never have been, intended to make anyone suffer"("Top 10 Pros and Cons Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?" ProCon.org. ) Another reason against Euthanasia is "the patient might recover against all odds. The diagnosis might be wrong." (Nordqvist, Christian. "
Historically, as in ancient Greek and Roman times, euthanasia and physician assisted death (EAS), in all forms, were not only regularly practiced, they were quite common among all classes (Ian Dowbiggin N. pag.). Hippocrates developed The Hippocratic Oath at around 300 B.C. and included the passage that physicians should not perform EAS even when asked. It took until the Christian movement for this to become the preferred method for practicing medicine. Euthanasia and physician assisted death are becoming more accepted in modern times, once again.
When the person dies, all pain and suffering he or she was feeling ends. There are a lot of moral issues that come along with the idea of euthanasia. It seems as though a lot of humans today view euthanasia as a selfish way out, similar to the views on suicide. In James Rachels’ book, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, he says that euthanasia goes against “the dominant moral tradition in our culture. That tradition is Christianity” (2012, p. 100).
An article focused on Euthanasia (Perez, 2008) states that as believers of God, we should not accept Euthanasia because it is immoral and unethical. It is not right to accept Euthanasia since we are Christians and according to what God said, we should promote life. According to the leader of the Church, Euthanasia should be prevented at all cost. Even though Euthanasia has advantages, we should think first that who gave us the life we had?
Terminally ill patients have right to die through refusal of medication such as withdrawing a respirator and refusing food and water until dying in about ten to twelve days because of their religion. Being a Christian has a lot to deal with this, especially physicians because the tradition doesn’t allow murder and that only god decides what to give and what to take. It’s hard for them to take their own life because of their own religion. Christianity has a role in both patients and
Everyone’s view of euthanasia is different. Some think it is best for what the patients want and give them that, others have their religious values to speak out against assisted death. Religions like Christianity and Catholics believe that assisted suicide violates the sanctity of life. The Mormon communities believe “Euthanasia is condemned. Anyone who takes part in euthanasia, including assisted suicide, is regarded as having violated the commandments of God” (Religion and Spirituality 1).
Introduction With reference to the question posed, it has been suggested that euthanasia may be defined as “the act of intentionally causing the painless death of a sick person”. In other words, it bears the meaning of a “painless, happy or good death” as derived from the ancient Greek language – “eu”, meaning good; and “thanatos”, meaning death. Due to the rapid advancements in medical treatments, patients are capable of being kept “alive” for indefinite periods of time. Hence, in order to distinguish the ancient concept of allowing a patient to die and neglecting them treatment, the medical community has encompassed the idea of drawing a line between active euthanasia and passive euthanasia .
Imagine having to endure so much pain and suffering for a majority of your life that you would just want it all to end. Well, there is a way one can stop their own pain and suffering and it is called euthanasia. Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease. The act may only be done solely to those diagnosed with terminal illnesses such as cancer, aids, and heart disease. Many people agree with the idea of euthanasia as it can help those who are suffering be stripped of all the pain they are enduring.