Euthanasia - Should it be Legalized?

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The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. Euthanasia is the purpose if helping very ill people to end their loves. It is one of the most controversial issues being debated about today. It means killing someone in the name of mercy, or as it was formally known as mercy killing. Nature is not allowed to take its course. There are 3 categories; voluntary, the request is by the dying patient or their legal representative, passive, nothing is done to prevent death or positive, taking deliberate action to cause death. Currently, Euthanasia is illegal throughout the world, except in the State of Oregon, where doctors are allowed to prescribe legal drugs for this purpose. In the Netherlands, it is widely practiced by remains illegal. Should Euthanasia be legalized? This is one of the most controversial issues being debated about today. Some people believe that the killing will increase until many people who didn't want to die are also killed.

Who will determine what is acceptable and what is not when applying the rules. I feel that Euthanasia should not be legalized and that it is morally wrong.

A patient with terminal illness is vulnerable. When voluntary euthanasia has been previously accepted and legalized, it has led inevitably to involuntary euthanasia, regardless of the intentions of the legislators. According to the Remmelink Report,[8] commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice, there were over 3,000 deaths from euthanasia in the Netherlands in 1990. More than 1,000 of these were not voluntary. Other assessments have been far less conservative, and these figures pre-date February 1994 when euthanasia in that country was effectively legalized. Many elderly people already feel a burden to family and a society which is cost conscious and may be short of resources. They may feel great...