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Intentionally making someone die, rather than allowing that person to die naturally is the
definition of euthanasia according to the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force
(Euthanasia: Answer to Frequently Asked Questions, 1). This definition, itself, does not
sound very appealing. The practice of euthanasia in any shape or form should never be
legalized in the United States and should be banned wherever it is presently legal.
Whether it be the assisted suicides associated with "Doctor Death", Jack Kevorkian, or
just simply taking away a patient's life support from them, no form of euthanasia should
be administered. The administration techniques, the consequences if it were legal, and
whether it is right or if it is wrong, are all very controversial issues involved with the
topic of euthanasia.

Many people, mostly pro-euthanasia activists, refer to euthanasia as "dying with dignity".
This phrase sort of makes euthanasia seem like it is very nice and a pleasant way to die.
Many people do not know of the different methods of killing that go on when euthanasia is
practiced. For example, one method of dying is to be gassed with carbon monoxide gas and
have one's head covered with a plastic bag. Does that method really seems "dignified"?
Another method of killing is the lethal injection. This method usually requires that
family members be removed from the room because these lethal injections cause such violent
muscle spasms and convulsions (Unacceptable or Questionable Methods of Euthanasia).
Euthanasia is hardly "dignified" if you look at it from a different viewpoint. This term
of "dignified" is nothing more than a pro-death way of glorifying the act of euthanasia.

There are many consequences that could result from legalizing the practice of euthanasia,
and these are not good ones either. If it were legal to help people die or for doctors to
kill people then society would slowly begin to break down. The value of a human life would
slowly go down. People do not see the consequences of many terrible occurrences until it
is too late. For example, no one new what Hitler was really doing or did until World War
II was over (Humphry n.p.). If euthanasia were legal and practiced, it would get out of
hand. First, society would begin to allow the killing of the terminally ill, then the pain
and sufferers next, the elderly and then eventually anyone who seems to be unproductive or
worthless to society. "You're right, you are a useless cripple, you're a burden on your
family, you're wasting the time of the doctors, and the world would be better off without
you." This quote is an example of how doctors would eventually be talking to their
patients. This sounds exaggerated, but it really could happen. Amidst the advancement of
medical science, euthanasia has started to be practiced in some developed countries. For
instance, the Dutch practice euthanasia legally and regularly. Now fifteen percent of all
deaths in that country are from the practice of euthanasia alone (Euthanasia: Answer to
Frequently Asked Questions, 4). People should be scared people and put this argument over
euthanasia in perspective.

Euthanasia is debated all the time on whether it is right or wrong. Some say it is a right
that a human has and others say it is a sin and is morally wrong. Who knows the right
answer? Euthanasia seems to be contradictory to the doctor's code of ethics, which is to
preserve life. It is believed that doctors should take the patients away from suffering
and extend the life of patients. Also, scientists can easily prove a person living, but
they cannot easily prove a person dying. Because miracles can happen at any time and any
place, life should be prolonged as long as possible. Therefore, so long as a patient has a
chance to live, a doctor should make every effort to cure him.

There are many negative views associated with euthanasia. It is definitely wrong according
to The Bible. The Bible specifically condemns murder (Bible Exod. 20:13), and this would
surely include active forms of euthanasia in which another person (doctor, nurse, or
friend) hastens death in a patient. This fact gets support from pro-life and religious
groups and because our government is backed by God ("In God We Trust"), then this is why
euthanasia is wrong to the government. There are laws that clarify how it is wrong. Many
feel that if euthanasia was legalized that health care would go on a decline. If people
had a disease or were in pain, instead of waiting for a cure or trying to get a pain
reducer, that person would resort to the alternative of dying. This would be the easiest
and cheapest way out for the person. This method would stop allowing health care workers
from pushing forward in their research for medical advancement, because there would be a
new, easy alternative rather than a struggle to try to keep the life of patients going.
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