Euthanasia, mercy killing

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Euthanasia is defined as 'a painless

killing,espacially to end a painful and

incurable disease;mercy killing'. The

righteousness of this act is being debated

in several countries throughout the

world,and Canada is no exception.Euthanasisa

must not be accepted for religious,legal and

medical reasons,as alternatives to such a

dramatic end.

To begin,the law,both civil and

religious,forbid killing. Individuals are

prosecuted in courts of law for committing

murder. An example of this is the case of

Robert Latimer. Although he claimed to have

mercifully ended the life of his daughter

who suffered from an extreme case of

cerebral palsy,he was convicted of murder in

the second digree. The courts were obliged

to find him guilty as he broke the law by

taking the life of another human being.

Robert Latimer took it upon himself to

decide that his daughter would never lead a

full life. Tracy Latimer was never given an

opportunity for success, as her life was

taken. A not guilty verdict would have told

people that parents of disabled children

can perform both voluntary euthanasia on

their children. In the

UnitedStates,euthanasia was voted on for the

first time in the state of Washington.

Although polls before the vote revealed

strong support for it,the ballot was

defeated by fifty-four to forty-six

percent,and euthanasia remains

illegal in Noth America. In addition to

violating civil law,euthanasia also

contradicts the laws of many religions of

the world. It is God who controlls life and

death. Man will take this responsibility

if euthanasia is permitted. It is stated

in the ten commandments,'Do not commit

murder'. Murder can take many forms,one of

which is suicide,the taking of one's own

life. This is forbidden by the Christian

religion. There is a picture on my grand-

mothers wall which stated that'human life is

not merely the possession...