Essay on Should Euthanasia Be Legal?

1516 Words Sep 16th, 2014 7 Pages
Should euthanasia be legal in the United States? Originating from the Greek terms "eu" (happy or good) and "thantos" (death), euthanasia literally means "happy death" or "good death". It is commonly defined as, “the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy” (LeBaron 1). Assisted suicide is a form of euthanasia, when a person helps commit suicide or provides information of how to do so to another person. A person taking another person 's life without his or her request in order for that person not to have ample suffering is a mercy killing. Both are methods of euthanasia. We all have the right to die if it ends a person 's suffering or if a person is terminally ill and will die anyway. People should not have to suffer if they do not want to. Euthanasia should be legalized.
To some, euthanasia is considered "playing God"; to others it is a generous act. Do the people who consider euthanasia "playing God"; consider prolonging life "playing God" also? Everyone has the right to die. Patients have the right to refuse treatment. A patient has the right to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law and to be informed of the consequences, stated in the "Patient 's Bill Of Rights" (Landau 16). Euthanasia is not legal because most people consider it murder. Even though it isn’t murder; it is a request or wish by the patient. There are many choices that American citizens have and choosing…

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