A Persuasive Essay on: Euthanasia

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Should people have the choice to end their own life? "Euthanasia: the intentional

killing by act or omission of a dependant human being for his or her alleged belief, 

(www.euthanasia.com). An extensive issue that has been debated numerous times in

many parts of the world over the past few years is "allowing doctors to assist patients

who want to commit suicide . Euthanasia has already been legalized in the Netherlands,

Belgium and a few parts of the United States of America. These countries have different

points of view than several other countries. Euthanasia should not be legalized for a

number of reasons. One reason euthanasia should not be legalized is it could lead to

involuntary euthanasia. Another reason is that people who want to commit suicide are

either depressed or looking for help in most cases. Finally if euthanasia is legalized it

could become the only type of legal medical treatment available to patients who are less

fortunate, disabled, terminally ill and/or even old. Furthermore, if the world allows

euthanasia to be legal who knows what other immoral and unethical laws may occur.

Euthanasia is only supposed to take place if the patient requests it, gives consent

and they have all the information on other treatments available (if any) but in many cases

this is not happening. Even though legislators are against it, once voluntary euthanasia is

legalized it eventually leads to involuntary euthanasia. In the Netherlands (where

euthanasia was legalized) during 1990 there were over 3,000 cases of doctor assisted

suicide. After considerable medical research, it was shown that over 1,000 of them were

involuntary. In Holland, a child was murdered by doctors for having abnormal genitalia

and a woman was murdered for "mental suffering . Countless doctors recommend ... Continue Reading