Euthanasia

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Euthanasia

Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
Individual cases presented to justify legalizing physician assisted suicide fail to deal
with underlying medical failures to control pain, creating an illusion of control over
death, and not acknowledging the thousands of patients murdered inappropriately. This is
an interesting and a very controversial issue in today's society. Euthanasia has negative
sides, it can hurt society, and everyone needs to learn more bout it.

The word Euthanasia is Greek in origin. It arrived from the prefix "eu", meaning fear,
easy, and fortunate and from the word "thanatos" meaning death. The main idea of
Euthanasia is that someone has a conscientious death or a fortunate one. In other words,
we attempt to ease one's pain by murdering another human being to give him/her a so-called
"easy death" which is illegal and morally wrong. The key element of one human being taking
the life of another human being is not present. It is exactly this element that causes
euthanasia to be morally wrong (Gay-Williams,288)

There are different cases that might be hard to distinguish whether it is, or isn't
Euthanasia. There are murders in "just", war, when trying to protect oneself, and in
federal executions. It can be said that one of those is amiss; it would be arduous to
prove that they are always amiss. When someone looks at those examples above and
euthanasia, he/she can tell their inequality. The person who is murdered above is
considered by the murderer as an adversary, an assaulter, or criminally culpable. But the
individual in Euthanasia is neither of the three we mentioned (Gay-Williams, 288). As I
defined earlier, euthanasia is taking someone's life, either his/her own or of another
person to add to that, the human being whose life is confiscated must be a person that is
assumed to be experiencing a disease or injury from which regaining life cannot reasonably
be anticipated. Ultimately, the attempt must be deliberate and intentional. Thus,
euthanasia is purposely confiscating the life of a believed hopeless person, whether it is
the person's own or of a relative or friend, it is still euthanasia. It is critical to be
apparent about the deliberate and intentional appearance of the death. If a desperate
person is injected with the incorrect drug unintentionally, and this prompts his decease,
this is wrongful murdering but not euthanasia. Euthanasia cannot be the result of an
accident. Further, if an individual is injected with medicine that is intended to be vital
to curing his disease or make him well again, and the individual dies in the end, then
this is also not euthanasia or wrongful killing. Relating to, when a patient's situation
is such that it is irrational to pray that any medical procedures or treatments will
preserve his life, failing to administer the procedures or treatments is not euthanasia.
If the individual parishes, this will be to the effect of his injuries or disease and not
because of his dereliction to acquire treatment (Gay-Williams, 290). The choice not to
continue medical treatment after the realization that the patient has a slim to none
chance of profiting from it has been characterized by some as "passive euthanasia". This
phrase is deceiving and incorrect. In most cases, the individual entangled is not
murdered, nor is the decease of the individual intended by the forbearing of increased
treatment. The main concern is to spare the individual any increased and unexonerable
pain, to protect him from the in distinctions of incurable manipulations, and to elude the
additional financial and impeluous problems of the family (Gay-Williams, 291).

Every individual has a genuine desire to recommence his/her life. Our reflex and
acknowledgement fit us to defend our self from attacker, run from dangerous animals, and
jump out of the way of oncoming traffic. "Our bodies are similarly structured for survival
right down to the molecular level." When we have a wound, our capillaries close, our blood
clots and fibrogen is made to begin the process of curing the wound (Gay-Williams, 291).
Dr. Rod McLeod indicates "the same hopefulness for everybody" containing people with
ceaseless motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis. "My philosophy is each individual
has a value," states McLeod. Even in certain cases when someone has a perception of
hopelessness. McLeod believes he/she is not doing his/her (doctors) occupation
legitimately as humane persons if they relinquish the deathly sick. A community that can
think of implying euthanasia suggests an individual's life is not important enough for
living, it's pointless. Some of the nature of humanity is to hold dear, everybody we come
across. McLeod states, "I suppose party of my belief system is that human beings have an
intrinsic value, it's not my job to eradicate" (Dekker,3). "Man as trustee of his body
acts against God, its rightful possessor, when he takes his own life." He then debauches
the testament to "hold life sacred and never to take it without just and compelling
cause." There are also a few versus of the Bible that hold true to this argument.
Revelation 9:1-10, an angel is described as opening the bottomless pit to release clouds
of locusts. These insects had a body like a horse, hair like a woman's, a face of a man,
and teeth like a lion. They were instructed to attack those people who "did not have the
seal of God on their foreheads." The locusts were to torment people for five months but
not to kill them. They had stingers in their tails like those of scorpions. Verse six
says: "In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die,
and death will flee from them," i.e. they will attempt to commit suicide to end the
torment, but for some reason, will be unable to achieve it. One Corinthians 3:17: "If
anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy,
which temple you are," This is an interesting passage because it has been interpreted in
very different ways by Bible commentators and translators. Some Bible translations, like
the King James Version, and New King James, render the second word in this passages as
"defile." Rheims New Testament uses "violate." This would seem to refer to an individual
engaging in various damaging acts such as illegal drug usage, committing adultery, incest,
smoking, etc. One commentary suggests that Paul might have been "thinking ahead to those
Corinthian Christians who desecrate god's temple by the sexual immoralities which he
severely censures" Chapters 5 8: 6. Another commentary notes that the two words "defiles"
and "destroy" in the above passage are actually the same word in the original Greek. It
carries the meaning "desecrate." By intelligence alone, then, can we conclude that
euthanasia causes us to oppose our own nature (Gay-Williams, 291). The explanation of
arguments from nature are sufficient to prove that euthanasia is intrinsically amiss.
Since passing is terminal and ultimate, euthanasia embodies in it the chance that we slave
opposed to our own benefit if we precede it to be allowed on us (Gay-Williams, 292).
"People use assisted suicide or euthanasia as means of limiting a loss of self," proclaims
Dr. James Lavery. Everybody with lust to attempt euthanasia admitted a terror of conscious
and physical decomposition that would present his/her a problem on family or friends after
his/her character disappeared as an effect to the disease or injury. Another element in
loss of self is being secluded from loved ones, because they isolate themselves because of
their disease or arc rejected by society. It is critical to let all deathly sick people
know that they belong and are loved. This all causes influences that direct individuals to
think about euthanasia that go beyond physical pain (Vallis, 1). There is always a chance
that a research operation or a hitherto unexperimented technique will get some one
through. Sometimes, out of the blue, when there is no doubt in anyone's mind that he
should die, the simply recovers with no explanation. If we know we can end our own life or
know someone is capable of doing it, we would give into dying too easy (Gay-Williams,
292).

Living is why doctors and nurses become doctors and nurses, to consign themselves to
saving lives. When a patient dies it, to them and to their practice, is a failure, a
dishonor to their skillfulness, and wisdom. When a doctor decides it is better for a
patient to die and proceeds to do so have simply given up hope and haven't tried hard
enough. Once he/she has the ability to decide whether a patient is better off dead or
alive might cause them to take patients deathly ill less serious. If euthanasia were legal
it would be a tough job dealing with. Someone who is deathly sick could manage to kill
himself. He then may also be allowed to deputize others to attempt it for him if he/she is
no longer capable (Gay-Williams, 292). Euthanasia then becomes what seems fit to loved
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