The Controversy of Euthanasia Analytical Essay by cduexe

The Controversy of Euthanasia
A look at the issues involved in the debate surrounding euthanasia.
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Published on Jan 23, 2014 in Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Ethics (General)

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This paper addresses the controversial issue of ending the life of a terminally ill patient undergoing severe suffering and pain. The paper questions when euthanasia may be justifiable and whether there is a moral difference between active and passive euthanasia. This author agrees with Rachels James that there is no significant moral difference between passive and active euthanasia. Furthermore, this author believes that in specific situations, euthanasia or doctor assisted-suicide is morally acceptable. However, the author points out the real fear of overuse, abuse and/or misuse of the euthanasia doctrine if legalized.

The Debate
Argument for Euthanasia (Active and Passive)
Argument against Assisted Suicide

From the Paper:

"There are several conclusions that different people and philosophers have advanced as to why euthanasia should be considered both morally right and be legal or morally wrong and illegal. Some scholars have argued that people have the right of making decisions that affects their own deaths and lives. People have concluded that it is cruel, inhumane and unfair to deny terminally ill persons the right to consent on whether they want to die so as to end their pain and suffering. Terminally ill patients have the right to die with lucidity and dignity . It is a golden rule to allow for voluntary euthanasia for patients whose conditions are irrecoverable and death is imminent. Arguments in some quarters have claimed that the basic fundamental human right is the right to life and with every right, choice has to be made. If one has the right to speech and can make a choice to remain silent, one can thus make a choice of not wanting to live. The argument is that, the right of choosing to die is implied in the right to life .
"The proponents of euthanasia have argued that distinguishing between passive and active euthanasia is paramount if doctor-assisted suicide it to be legalized and morally acceptable. In countries where doctor-assisted suicide is allowed such as in the North America, physicians medical ethics conduct is based on this distinction that, 'termination of another person's life intentionally is illegalbut medical practitioners can stop using extraordinary measure of preserving life where there is undeniable evidence that natural death is imminent is the patient's or his families decision' . This argument has been refuted and challenged by scholars such as Rachels James."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BBC (1999). "A Euthanasia Glossary", BBC Special report, 1 July
  • Bix, B (2003). "Jurisprudence: Theory & Context". (3rd edn) Sweet & Maxwell.
  • Bobby Webster (2000). "Assisted Suicide/Voluntary Euthanasia" International Debate Association<>
  • Blackburn, S (2003). "Ethics: A Very Short Introduction." Oxford.
  • Cotterell, R (2003)."The Politics of Jurisprudence." (2nd edn) Butterworths.

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