Die With Dignity - Euthanasia

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Recently, with Massachusetts making gay marriages legal, we have been hearing a lot of arguments on whether gay unions are right or wrong. Five years ago, it wasn't gay marriages and Massachusetts that was in the news, it was Oregon and Euthanasia. Euthanasia, as defined in The American Heritage Dictionary, "The act of painlessly ending the life of a person for reasons of mercy". Most of us think of it as ending the life of a terminally ill patient, as by injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment. I believe that Euthanasia should be legal in every state.

When I was ten-years-old my dog, Pebble, was very sick and we could tell she was in lots of pain, and we decided to have her put to sleep. Recently, President Bush and his family put their senior dog Spot to sleep for similar reasons. How come it is morally wrong to put a person who is suffering out of his or her misery, when it is perfectly acceptable for man's best friend? We don't even give the dogs the choice of prolonging their inevitable demise.

I strongly feel that it is a person's right to choose to die, if they are suffering from a terminal illness or incurable disease.

Allowing people to die in the manner of their choosing is consistent with the American concepts of individual liberty and limited government, as envisioned by the founding fathers. "The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness includes the right to die with dignity," says Libertarian Party chairman Steve Dasbach. "The power to decide how and when to die should reside solely with the individual patient, not with doctors, family members and especially not with the government" (Libertarian Party press release 1997).

I do not believe the government has any...