Does man have a lawful or ethical right to die? Some one who is against euthanasia could argue that a person who practiced this would be â€œplaying Godâ€. Those who wish to defend euthanasia can argue back that euthanasia stops a persons suffering. Also, suppose a cure is found or modern medical technologies can assist a person who is suffering. I believe that euthanasia is a subject that is far too complex to choose and defend only one side.
First, when euthanasia is proposed one of the first arguments said is that the personsâ€™ who are participating are â€œplaying Godâ€? Some will argue that euthanasia is â€œinfringing upon Godâ€™s willâ€. Meaning, when a person is going to die their body will be overcome with illness and disease, and the personâ€™s organs and whole body will shutdown. Therefore, â€œGodâ€™s willâ€ would be acknowledged as â€œmanâ€™s physical and biological natureâ€. According to this notion Godâ€™s power would be taken from him if someone chose euthanasia. If those who believe it took the idea that people were â€œplaying Godâ€ seriously, then logically there could be no more technological or medical advancements. In other words, any curable diseases or viruses could not be treated because it would be considered wrong. So, it would be against Godâ€™s will to use technology and medical techniques to help even the slightest cold. For those who believe manâ€™s physical and biological nature is identified with Godâ€™s will, would have to wait and let nature take its course. It would be improper and immoral for them to step in and take matters into their own hands, whether they are curing themselves or loved ones (Maguire 328).
Second, euthanasia is defined as: painless killing to end suffering; the act of killing somebody who has an incurable illness or injury.