Euthanasia: ILLEGAL Stance

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Euthanasia has many definitions. The Pro-Life Alliance defines it as: 'Any action or omission intended to end the life of a patient on the grounds that his or her life is not worth living.' The Voluntary Euthanasia Society looks to the word's Greek origins - 'eu' and 'thanatos,' which together mean 'a good death' - and say a modern definition is: 'A good death brought about by a doctor providing drugs or an injection to bring a peaceful end to the dying process.' Three classes of euthanasia can be identified -- passive euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide and active euthanasia -- although not all groups would acknowledge them as valid terms.

Allowing a "right to suicide" will create an unhealthy precedent. If suicide becomes legal, this would create the mindset that people who attempt suicide, or request suicide, are perfected healthily mentally. The years psychological studies that people who commit suicide most likely have a mental disorder, will be reversed.

Suicide is usually a cry for help, in order to see who really cares about you. Allowing suicide would make the patient feel as if no one cares if they live or die.

Assisted suicide opens up many controversial doors. There's a thin line between a mercy killing and just plain murder. The September 1991 official government Remmelink Report on euthanasia in the Netherlands revealed that at least 1,040 people die every year from involuntary euthanasia. This report was the first official Dutch government study of the practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands. In more specific figures it reported that in 1990 1,040 people (an average of 3 per day) died from involuntary euthanasia, meaning that doctors actively killed these patients without the patients' knowledge or consent. 14% of these patients were fully competent. 72% had never given any indication that they...