Euthanasia should be made legal.

Essay by sharmalogHigh School, 10th gradeA+, October 2003

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"If I could choose between a death of torture and one that is simple and easy, why should I not have the right to select the latter?" These are the lines of famous Euthanasia critic, Seneca.

If you had to choose between a death of torture and one of peace and ease, wouldn't you rather select the more pleasant death? Shouldn't you be entitled to picking your own death? Shouldn't you be in control of yourself? Isn't that what living in a democratic society is all about?

Today I want to talk to you about Physician Assisted Voluntary Euthanasia and why it should be made legal.

The word Euthanasia literally means a good death or one of dignity. So Physician Assisted Voluntary Euthanasia is when a competent, informed person asks a physician's assistance in ending their life and is not coerced into doing so. From now on, I'll refer to Physician Assisted Voluntary Euthanasia as Euthanasia for ease.

There are three main factors that are concerned with euthanasia, and these will be my three main arguments. They are; Individual rights, medical ethics and religious ethics. I will persuade you as to why euthanasia should be made legal and why we should ignore these ethics.

I'd like to start on Individual rights, but before that, let's discuss fate. Fate is when an individual has no control over unforeseen happenings where it is possible, that is future is already decided for you. I don't know if this is true or not, but I know I don't want it that way. I don't like the idea of someone else being in control of my life, deciding what's best for me and what's not. Shouldn't we have that power? Shouldn't we be in charge of ourselves, take our destinies into our own hands?...