Argumentative Essay on Euthanasia

Essay by wisefoolJunior High, 9th grade October 2006

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Voluntary euthanasia is the act of ending someone's life when he or she requests it. Many countries such as the Netherlands and some parts of America have legalized voluntary euthanasia and most people do support it. There is some opposition however, to voluntary euthanasia, for example the church who believes that euthanasia is "Playing God" and that lives can only be ended when God chooses to. Voluntary euthanasia should be made available to terminally ill patients to ensure them that they do not have to suffer pain if they do not wish to.

Firstly, voluntary euthanasia helps to end the lives of the terminally ill, who are suffering unbearable pain. No one should have to go through this terrible ordeal if they choose not to. It is cruel and inhumane to force ill people to suffer intolerable pain when their only wish is to peacefully leave and end the terrible torment that they are going through.

How can we stop these people from doing that? Ultimately, our lives belong to ourselves and no one has the right to tell us what we do with it. Michael Spanbroek is a sufferer of Huntington's disease. He was admitted to hospital when his brain started bleeding. His parents are pleading the politicians to let their son die with dignity. "The only thing between Michael and peace now is the law" his mother Karen Spanbroek said. It is clear that present day society needs voluntary euthanasia. More and more people are requesting it; people should not be suffering unnecessary pain.

Secondly, euthanasia helps patients to die with dignity. Patients who are so ill that they can't even dress themselves or go to the toilet without someone's help will feel shame for their dependence on others. Take *** for an example. She...