Why Is Euthanasia Ethically Wrong

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In today 's society, physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients has become a very talked about issue. Death is something we all have to face sooner or later; it can be unexpected or even planned. Death is a part of life. It can be quick or it can be prolonged. Whether we accept it or not, it is inevitable. Some people argue that assisted suicide is the same as euthanizing someone. Euthanasia is the painless killing to end suffering from an incurable and painful disease. It is sometimes seen by law as a second degree murder, manslaughter, or homicide. This practice is illegal in most countries in the United States. It is legalized in a few areas like the Netherlands and the state of Oregon. Assisted suicide advocates, such as the organization Death with Dignity, argue that…show more content…
The Death with Dignity Act is viewed as an act of murder in certain religions and cultures. Murder is against Christian beliefs regardless of the situation. The religious view of the Death with Dignity Act is that it will affect the person in the afterlife.
Some people view Death with Dignity as a punishment. For example, capital punishment is cruel, both physically and psychologically. People who might have been innocent have been executed. The electric chair is the most horrific methods of execution still being practiced in the United States. Death penalty is an example of how little our government values human life.
Some protesters say that assisted suicide is unconstitutional, and bring up the 14th amendment of the Constitution. It states "No state shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law”. The Due Process Clause allows a person the right to make their own decisions about important choices, in this case, death with dignity. By denying terminally ill patients assistance to dying, we take away the little bit of control they have over their own
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