Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Deciding life and death, should euthanasia be legalized?



Euthanasia arouses huge debate in today's society. It has divided the United States of America. I believe that euthanasia should be legalized, in certain circumstances. If the person as no chance of recovery and the family and/or next of kin agree, then euthanasia should be allowed. The guidelines for euthanasia should be very strict and decisions should be allowed to be contested in court. Euthanasia should not be performed if a person has announced or stated that they are against euthanasia.


Euthanasia is legal in very few places. Euthanasia is legal in Belgium and the Netherlands, and doctor assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, USA. The debate surrounding euthanasia will last for decades as people wrestle with their conscience on whether it is right or not. Personally i believe that a person is ill and has little and/or very low chance of survival then having made their own decision when they are diagnosed with the disease they are suffering from, then eutanasia should be legal.

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  1. Ah, but the thing about their making their own choice is whether they're in a right mind ("I, of sounds mind and sounds body...").

    Similarly, if someone has previously stated they are against euthanasia, if they are *since then* suffering from whatever, it have brough a new perpective to them. Some people only see things when they experience it. So which do you go by: their current, though possibly compromised, attitude, or their old, made of sound, but perhaps uninformed, mind?

    For the record, I'm all for euthanasia in theory, but I believe the decision-making process is rife with difficultly.

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