Voluntary Euthanasia

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Dajana Pasalic

Voluntary Euthanasia

Voluntary euthanasia is death by request of the person. It is a highly debatable topic of is it or is it not morally permissible. On one side you have people saying that it's murder, while on the other side you have people saying yes it is right to end ones own pain and suffering. I am going to argue from my point of view that it is the moral thing to do.

The most obvious potential benefit of permitting euthanasia is that it could be used to prevent the unnecessary elongation of the suffering experienced by many terminally ill people and their families. (Ethics in Practice, PG 66 " The potential benefits of Euthanasia") Yes, there are painkillers that can be taken, but none of the painkillers that hospitals have can be taken without some sort of major side affect for the patient. For example the patient may become unconscious or incoherent, not to mention the physical agony of it all.

Not to just the patient, but as well as all those around him or her. The family and friends of the patient would all be suffering just as much.

Voluntary Euthanasia gives people the control of how they want to die. Brittany Maynard was a 29 year old who was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor. Doctors told her she only had 10 years to live. After initial diagnosis the doctors said her cancer had progressed to Giloblastoma multiforme, the deadliest form of brain cancer. After treatment the average life expectancy was only 14 months. Brittany stated, "When you're 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like being told you're going to die tomorrow." On November 1, 2014 Brittany surrounded by her husband, mother and best...