Essay by Nudge83College, UndergraduateA, February 2006

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Euthanasia is a controversial issue. There have been many stories and cases dealing with euthanasia. Case History: A seventy one-year-old Christian woman developed cancer in her kidney. Physicians helped her by removing the kidney. However, now the cancer has spread to other parts of her body. The physicians say that she needs dialysis, since her second kidney is now failing. They believe that dialysis might keep her alive for six to nine months. Without dialysis, she would probably survive a couple of weeks. An experimental drug that might have some effect on her cancer is coming onto the market. The new drug might help her fight the cancer, if she could survive for six months. Despite her insurance policy, she is sending a tremendous amount of money from her life savings. Her son thinks death is unavoidable and wants to avoid dialysis. He thinks bankrupting the family for a long shot is meaningless.

Her daughter is a Christian who feels bad about not doing everything she can to help her mother.

The question that is presented at the end of this case history is what should one say to guide this family on whether or not the elderly cancer patient should go for euthanasia? According to the article "James Rachels and the Active Euthanasia Debate" by J. P. Moreland, the elderly cancer patient should not go for euthanasia. The author would defend his answer by stating that the personal biographic life of the elderly cancer patient is enough to prevent her from committing euthanasia.

Euthanasia is defined in the Webster's College Dictionary as mercy killing. The right to die is a very controversial topic, as you may recall from the Schiavo Case that was all over the news. This physician assisted suicide (Pas) concept should die in a painless...